Holiday music is already surging through the airwaves as Thanksgiving approaches. All I can think about is strolling beneath the holiday decorations of ZooLights at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo (Free)
ZooLights, presented by Commonwealth Edison and Charter One, opens November 26 at Lincoln Park Zoo. Lincoln Park Zoo is free to visitors for this winter’s ZooLights, but there are a few events that carry a price tag.
Friday Night Lights: Penguins After Dark
Dec. 3: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Register to check out some penguins after dark. There’s a fee to play with the penguins, but it is discounted for members.
Friday Night Lights: Polar Bear Party
Dec. 17: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Register to play with the polar bears. The same fee and discount apply: $16/$13 for members.
If you are interested… FYI: Registration is required, and one of each Friday Night Lights events already sold out.
Animal Meet & Greet During ZooLights (Free)
Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 11, and 18: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Snakes are cool! If you’ve never had the opportunity to see one up close, check out the Animal Meet & Greet at ZooLights. Zoo keepers will show off some exotic reptiles in the Wild Things Gift Shop. A great way to warm up, the Wild Things Gift Shop is at the center of the zoo.
After checking out the lights on one half of the zoo, get cozy and warm with a blue-tongued skink, turtle, corn snake, ball python, and Kenyan sand boa.
ZooLights is worth the trip to Lincoln Park Zoo. Even if you miss the Animal Meet & Greet or don’t attend one of the Friday Night Lights parties, activities and demonstrations occur throughout the ZooLights’ run.
Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo Dates for ZooLights:
Dec. 3-5, 10-12
Open Nightly Dec. 17-Jan. 2 (Closed Dec. 24-25)
Hours for all dates: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
ZooLights plans ice carving demonstrations, visits with Santa and crafts under the glow of more than a million colorful lights. I’ve always loved this part of Chicago winters… even before kids.
Lincoln Park Zoo.