Chicago Zoo Lights: A Holiday Tradition

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Starting in late November — the day after Thanksgiving to be exact — a Chicago holiday tradition will be unveiled at the Lincoln Park Zoo. More than a million sparkling lights fill the zoo, creating one of the brightest parts of a Chicago winter.

We’re not just talking one janky string of lights on the railings… the whole Zoo is filled with color and light. Entire trees are wrapped in Christmas cheer, and lit-up animal structures line the walkways. It’s the closest you’ll get to magic over the holidays… except, of course, a visit from Santa.

Though Zoo Lights is great for adults and children alike, there are tons of activities geared for families and kids. Visit Santa for a one-of-a-kind photo-op at Santa’s Safari. Or check out the ice carving demonstrations and giant holiday snow globes. Other activities include an endangered species carousel, a miniature holiday express train for the little ones, and arts & crafts.

Presented by ComEd and CharterOne, this holiday lights extravaganza is not to be missed. Bring the family, or go for a romantic date night. No children necessary to have a great time. Just don’t forget your mittens…

2011 Chicago Zoo Lights Calendar:
Nov. 25 – 27
Dec. 2 – 4
Dec. 9 – 11

Open Nightly Dec. 16 – Jan. 1 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25)
5-9 p.m.

Admission is FREE!

Click here for more info. Happy Holidays from!

Jackie Berkery

About Jackie Berkery

With a strong phobia of cubicles and those three little words (“nine to five”), I am thrilled to be working on UPchicago from the comforts of my own couch at three o’clock in the morning. I love to write. I love Chicago. Hello, dream job!

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