Stroll through the Saint Louis Zoo's enchanting holiday wonderland 

and enjoy festive fun for the whole family!


The Zoo closes at 4 p.m. each day of Wild Lights.* 

Wild Lights 2018 Calendar


Admission includes entrance to Wild Lights, the Conservation Carousel and the 4D Theater featuring "The Polar Express 4D."

Tickets are available for advance purchase online, or at the door on event nights until 8 p.m.**

U.S. Bank customers can receive a buy one, get one free ticket (limit two free tickets per family, on-site sales only) when they show their U.S. Bank credit or debit card.

Purchase Weekday Tickets Here

Purchase Weekend Tickets Here

Coming with A Group of 15 or More?

Groups of 15 or more may receive a group rate of $8 per person for weekdays, $10 for weekends, by calling in advance. To order tickets for groups of 15 or more, call (314) 646-4781Tickets must be ordered by 11 a.m. Monday through Friday only.

Free Parking

Free parking is available in both the North and South Lots during event hours.

Note: On Saturday, December 29, parking is available on the South Lot only. Limited street parking is available in Forest Park. 

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Holiday Fun for All!

Festive Fun

  • Light Displays: Delight in over 1 million twinkling lights and whimsical animal-themed displays across Zoo grounds.
  • Fire Pits: Gather around one of our fire pits to warm your paws and roast your own s’mores, available for purchase.
  • Children’s Activities: Enjoy winter crafts and activities, animal costumed characters, and fun photo opportunities.
  • Weekend Live Entertainment: Enjoy holiday carolers and other strolling live performances on weekend nights.

Free Attractions

The 4D Theater featuring “Polar Express” and the Conservation Carousel are open each night and are included with your Wild Lights ticket purchase.

Food & Shopping

Festive food and special holiday beverages will be available for purchase.

Find that perfect present at one of our gift shops, which will offer a 10 percent discount on any purchase during event hours 
20 percent discount for Zoo members).

Animal Exhibits

Wish a holiday hello to the animals in Penguin & Puffin Coast and the Monsanto Insectarium

Please note these are the only animal exhibits open at night during the event. 

A Look at Wild Lights

Sensory Night at U.S. Bank Wild Lights

Monday, December 10
5:30-8:30 p.m.

We want people of all abilities to enjoy our Zoo experiences, so we are offering a special night for individuals on the autism spectrum and others who may benefit from a sensory-friendly experience. This special night will mirror the traditional Wild Lights experience, but the evening will offer quiet areas and trained Zoo staff to assist families. For questions about Sensory Night, please contact

Tickets are no longer available for purchase.

Start Your Night With
Dinner With Santa

December 17-20
5 p.m. &
 7 p.m. 

Bring the whole family for a festive holiday experience at the Zoo. Meet Santa and his holiday helpers during an exquisite Italian buffet dinner. Santa will present a treat to the children and the whole family will enjoy admission to Wild Lights*! 5 p.m. guests can enjoy the lights after dinner, and 7 p.m. guests are encouraged to enjoy the lights before dinner. 
*Weather permitting.

This year's event is SOLD OUT.

One of the top Best Zoo Lights displays in the US!

For the third year in a row, U.S. Bank​ Wild Lights has been named as one of the Best Zoo Lights displays in the U.S., according to USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice program. Many thanks to everyone who voted for us! We took fourth place this year. 


Visiting From Out of Town?

Looking for a place to stay while visiting the Zoo? Check out our hotel partners during your stay in St. Louis.

Hotel Partners

*The Zoo will close to the public at 4 p.m. each night of Wild Lights. At this time, all pathways, exhibits, and attractions will close. Doors re-open at 5:30 p.m. for the event. Zoo visitors who are planning to attend Wild Lights the same day may receive a sticker with their ticket purchase from a Welcome Desk before 4 p.m. The sticker will allow them to stay within the central area of the Zoo until the event begins. Lakeside Cafe will remain open for refreshments during this time.

**Ticket sales and event entrance will close at 8 p.m.

Discounts do not apply when purchasing tickets online. The Zoo's wheelchair, stroller and ECV rental fees apply for this event.


  • U.S. Bank
  • The Boeing Company
  • Eaton
  • Prairie Farms Dairy

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