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ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

As the sleigh bells jingle, ring and tingle, make sure to make it out to one of Chicago’s most magical events this season, ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Open and lit up each night from Nov 23 to Jan 6, ZooLights is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Windy City this holiday season. Find more details about ZooLights and other upcoming Lincoln Park Zoo events, below.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo  

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo is the perfect excuse to go see gorgeous lights in Chicago. With over 2.5 million lights, the Lincoln Park Zoo will glow each night from Nov 23 to Jan 6. The park is open from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m, aka prime light-viewing time. The kids can take pictures with Santa before he heads back to the North Pole, and adults can enjoy warm spiced wine, frosty beers and other festive specials. Tickets will be sold each night of ZooLights starting Nov 23, from 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., at ticket kiosks throughout the main zoo. And that’s not even the best part- the tickets are only $3! On select dates, you can visit Lincoln Park Zoo for some extra-special themed events, like the Holiday Market and BrewLights.

Holiday Market at Lincoln Park Zoo  

Have you ever had the chance to experience a holiday shopping market set against a backdrop of 2.5 million lights? Not many have! This Holiday Market is your one stop shop to do something festive, catch up with your friends and get some holiday shopping done. The market will take place on Nov 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Don’t miss your chance for some holiday shopping. General Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased here.

BrewLights at Lincoln Park Zoo  

Take advantage of the beautiful ZooLights this season with the fifth annual BrewLights on Dec 6.  BrewLights features craft and seasonal beers on tap all throughout the zoo. Guests that are 21+ can attend to sip and savor some festive beverages, while also getting the chance to marvel at the dazzling lights. BrewLights offers the perfect opportunity for adults to enjoy the season’s holiday brewing magic. General Admission for this event costs $40 per ticket, or $20 per designated driver ticket. Purchase yours here before they sell out!

Where to Stay?   

With so much happening at the Lincoln Park Zoo, you’ll definitely need to find a hotel nearby. That’s why you should consider staying at the Willows Hotel. With a beautiful Lakeview neighborhood location, this boutique hotel is a comfortable retreat right near the Lincoln Park Zoo. Our amenities and great accommodations offer the perfect place to rest after exploring all the holiday festivities the zoo has to offer.

Make sure you mark your calendars for one, or all, of the festive events happening at the Lincoln Park Zoo this year! And don’t forget to book your stay at the nearby Willows Hotel.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo | 2001 N Clark St
When: Nov 23 – Jan 6 | 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission: $3

Willows Hotel
The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.


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