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Santa’s Workshop (Holden Reptile Conservation Center)
Be a crafty elf and take home cookies you decorate yourself.

Jingle Bell Rock (Ford Education Center)
It’s a swell time to rock the night away to our musical light show. 

The North Pole (Ford Education Center)
Take a pic with ol’ St. Nick.
Note: Santa will only be here until Dec. 23. He has to head back to the North Pole to load up his sleigh!

Watch as a train constructed of Legos circles Detroit buildings and even a zoo. It’s a Legos masterpiece by the Michigan Lego Users Group. 

Polar ExpressHappy Feet“The Polar Express 4-D Experience” at the 4-D Theater – This 14-minute adaption of the feature film, narrated by Tom Hanks, tells the story 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.

“Happy Feet: Mumble’s Wild Ride” at the Simulator Ride – Mumble and his penguin friends race down the frozen cliffs of Antarctica at chilling speeds. Their icy journey turns into a suspenseful chase as they come face to face with the infamous Leopard Seal.    


Frosty’s Follies (Events Pavilion)
See all your favorite North Pole friends live on stage in this Off Broadway Productions presentation as they sing and dance and magically make it snow in a mini-musical holiday spectacular. 


Sugar Plum Stops
Stop for some sugar-plum sweets, like s’mores, hot chocolate and other treats.  

Santa’s Toy Box 
Choose exclusive Wild Lights gifts and apparel … a “zoonique” holiday shopping experience. 

Warming Stations (sponsored by Home Depot)
Warm your paws at 10 toasty outdoor heaters along the trail.

Fire Pits
Cozy up to a crackling fire and make your own s’mores.

Wild Lights Overnights


Families can experience the Zoo in a whole new light at Wild Lights overnights December 7 and December 13.

See the lights and the sights, go on a nighttime Zoo expedition, enjoy a hot chocolate bar … and sleep it all off at the Ford Education Center. $75 per person.

Call 248-541-5717 ext. 3800 to register.