At the Saint Louis Zoo, escape to a wild wonderland where holiday lights and activities feast on bright and colorful light displays throughout the zoo, including several new twinkling light displays and festive entertainment in family. Admission is free for children 2 and under. High demand is expected and popular dates can sell out quickly. Proceeds from the event help the zoo provide the highest quality care for its animals.
A 40ft lighted tree is a dynamic new photo opportunity. The Meet Me in St. Louie exhibit is a centerpiece, featuring a 15-foot arch with fleur-de-lis and a new 17-foot steamer silhouette backdrop. Other exhibits include Frosted Forest, Butterfly Grove, Toy Town, Holly Jolly Hangout, Peppermint Pathway (new), Gingerbread Lane (new), Arctic Alley, Twinkling Tunnel and more.
Visit the cool birds of Penguin and Puffin Coast and warm up in the tropics of the Bayer Insectarium to see colorful insects from around the world. (All other animal attractions are closed).
Look for holiday singers and other live performers who perform on certain nights. Ride your favorite animal on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel and see Rudolph the 4-D Red-Nosed Reindeer at the 4-D Theater. These attractions are free with event admission and operate weather permitting.
Kids can make a free craft to take home and write a letter to Santa at the Woodland Workshop. Roast campfire s’mores (available for purchase) in a fire pit. Savor holiday dinner, snacks, drinks and more at the Zoo’s restaurants and do holiday shopping at the Zoo’s gift shops to get 10% off any purchase; Zoo members get a 20% discount.
Sensory-Friendly Night is Monday, December 12. Sensory-Friendly Night is for people on the autism spectrum, with sensory processing disorder, PTSD or other sensory sensitivities. This special night will reflect the traditional wild lights experience, but will also include sensory maps, quiet zones and trained zoo staff to assist those with sensory sensitivities.
Groups of 15 or more can benefit from a reduced rate on tickets purchased and paid for in advance. Parking is free in both Zoo car parks during the event. Lots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and may reach capacity. If lots are full, a limited amount of on-street parking within the boundaries of Forest Park is also available free of charge. The Zoo closes to the public at 4 p.m. Doors reopen at 5 p.m. for Wild Lights.
Wild Lights is open 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 27; Wednesday November 30-Sunday December 4; From Wednesday December 7 to Sunday December 11.
Visit the zoo’s website for more information. Follow the Zoo on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and post photos from the event using the hashtags #StlZoo and #USBankWildLights.