For 24 nights beginning November 20, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and activities for guests of all ages. More than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 100 animal sculptures throughout the front of the Zoo. Wild Lights will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. November 20-22, 27-29 and December 4-6, 11-13, 18-23, 26-31. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, ice carving and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit will add to the festivities. Seasonal refreshments, Wild Lights souvenirs and photos with Santa “Paws” (until December 23) will be available for purchase.

Wild Lights may sell out; advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Please be advised that lines at the admission gates may be very long when the event opens at 5:30 p.m. We encourage advance ticket holders to consider arriving at least 30 minutes later for shorter wait times. If the event is sold out, walk-up tickets will be sold between 7 and 8:30 p.m. (the event ends at 9 p.m.).


Visit the Wild Adventure Zone during Wild Lights

Go on an extraordinary adventure in the Wild Adventure Zone with "The Polar Express 4-D Experience" at the 4-D Theater. The 14-minute film featuring Tom Hanks tells the tale of a doubting young boy who takes a train ride to the North Pole and discovers that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.


Wild Lights FAQs

We hope that the following information will answer any questions you have.

The Zoo closes at 4 p.m. and reopens for Wild Lights at 5:30. Wild Lights runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The loop takes an average of one and a half hours to complete if you attend the "Polar Express 4-D Experience" at the Wild Adventure Zone in the Ford Education Center.

Advance tickets are recommended. The time on the ticket reads 5:30; however, you can use the tickets at any time between 5:30 and 9. You may want to plan your arrival after 5:30 as this is when we see the highest volume of guests and a longer wait time at the front gates.

If you are having difficulty locating your online tickets, please be sure to check your spam folder. If you are unable to print your tickets or have lost them, we can use your smartphone confirmation to look them up in the system.

Wild Lights is $9 in advance for all guests over 2 years old or $11 at the gate.

Members and non-members must purchase tickets to Wild Lights. Membership allows for free admission and parking during daytime hours, Wild Summer Nights concerts and MemberFest. All other ticketed events are additional.

$6 per car for members and non-members.

The Arctic Cafe is open during Wild Lights. Additional food and drink options are available along the trail.

The pathway allows you to see our beavers, otters and reptiles. All other animals will be tucked in for the night.



Wild Lights Presented by:

Bank of America web

Warming Station Sponsors:

HomeDepot web

Letters to Santa Sponsor:

Honeybaked web

Supporting Sponsors

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