Zoo Lights

Presented by Chase
Fri., Nov. 18, 5:00 - 8:00pm
Sun., Jan. 1, 5:00 - 8:00pm

Sparkle, Shine, Support Wildlife

A brilliant seasonal spectacle is coming to the Zoo again this winter! Walk through a festival of lights shaped like wildlife and your face might just light up too. Plus, get that warm glowing feeling inside knowing you are supporting the Zoo’s animal care and conservation work. NEW this year—Zoo Lights has moved to Main Valley, including Schaefer Plaza, the Farm Yard, and the train station! Zoo members save $5 on all ticket types.

Calendar of Events


general admission

A walk-thru event* that allows you to travel the course by foot and visit Zoo Central for snacks, hot chocolate, and free train & carousel rides (weather permitting).

  • Friday – Sunday (Additional dates November 23, December 22 & 29)
  • 5:00 – 8:00 PM
  • FREE parking
  • One (1) ticket per person
  • CLOSED Thanksgiving Day (11/24), Christmas Eve (12/24), and Christmas Day (12/25)
  • DINOSAURS included until December 4th

Purchase Tickets

*Please note: Guests with mobility needs can reach out to our events team in advance at events@marylandzoo.org to request a mobility cart ride through the event.


  • Come enjoy the sights and sounds of Zoo lights PLUS beer and wine lovers can warm their taste buds with unlimited beer and wine sampling!
  • 5:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Adults 21 & up ($55), Under 21 or non-drinkers ($30)


Every dollar raised goes directly towards advancing the Zoo’s mission.