Wild Lights

You’re in for a treat this holiday season as Wild Lights transforms Elmwood Park Zoo into a bright and stunning winter wonderland! Millions of lights will illuminate all of our 16 acres. You’ll be dazzled by animated installations, interactive elements, and themed attractions. Follow the lighted path to visit Disco Ball Way and Candy Cane Lane, and be sure to stop by Santa’s Workshop for photos with the big man himself. And don’t forget, Santa’s live reindeer will be returning to the zoo for photo ops as well!. Wild Lights is generously sponsored by 1SEO, Philadelphia’s leading I.T. support and digital marketing firm. Additional support is provided by the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board

Wild Lights will also feature the following attractions:

  • Santa’s Workshop will be open to guests, where they can meet and take photos with the big man himself.
  • Santa’s reindeer return to the zoo for guest greetings. Reindeer photos will be available from 6:00pm-7:00pm, courtesy of Tompkins VIST Bank. *On Dec 6th and Dec 8th due to special events reindeer photos will be held from 6:30pm-7:30pm.
  • Experience a Treetop Night Adventure like never before. Zipline over our bison in a glowing harness that interacts with select light installations.
  • Bubby’s Dessert Party features Elmwood Park Zoo’s bison mascot helping guests to an assortment of delicious holiday treats, a hot chocolate bar, and gingerbread decorating stations.

NON-MEMBER Admission

MEMBER Admission

GROUP Admission

Wild Lights Calendar

Wild Lights operates on select days from 6 pm to 10 pm, November 16 through December 31. View our events calendar for specific days and times.

Elmwood Park Zoo will be open daily, 10 am to 4 pm. Wild Lights tickets are valid beginning at 6 pm. Wild Lights tickets will be sold until 9 pm on each night of its operation (if event capacity has not been reached). The zoo and Wild Lights will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. The zoo will be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Wild Lights is open on New Year’s Eve until 9 pm. 

• Enjoy a ride on our vintage carousel and the train

• Take photos with Santa in his workshop

• Reindeer photos will be available  from 6:00pm-7:00pm, courtesy of Tompkins VIST Bank.

*On Dec 6th and Dec 8th due to special events reindeer photos will be held from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

• Travel Treetop Adventures’ Quick Zip course in a lighted harness that interacts with select light installations

• Visit Bubby’s Dessert Party and enjoy gingerbread decorating, holiday crafts, and plenty of holiday desserts!

Attractions cost additional fees. OPERATING SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

• Purchase hot chocolate and other seasonal snacks at the zoo’s Treetop Café and Backyard Bites. 

• Guests 21 and over will enjoy wine and draft beers at our Zoo Brew Beer Garden & Bar.

• Visit Bubby’s Dessert Party and enjoy seasonal treats with our mascot, Bubby the Bison!

Food stations and shops are weather permitting. operating schedules are subject to change.

Parking is conveniently located in the zoo’s main parking lot, at 1661 Harding Boulevard.

Additional overflow parking is available in the US Maintenance parking lot, located at 1800 Markley street, behind the Dunkin Donuts on the corner of Markley Street and Johnson Highway. Shuttling will be available from this location to the zoo. Please look for “Pick Up/Drop Off” signage to indicate shuttle stops. Shuttles will be ongoing beginning at 6pm until 30 minutes after the close of the event.

Parking is provided courtesy of Norristown Centre and shuttling is provided courtesy of Easton Coach Company.

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All of our pathways for Wild Lights are wheelchair accessible. The route is designed in such a way that it stays on all of our main routes and avoids staircases. There are some inclines and declines during the walkthrough, particularly at the end of the experience where guests will have to walk up the hill and onto the main path. All bathrooms have wheelchair accessibility and all paths on the experience are lit for the guests to make their way through the event. There will be heated tents for reprieve as well as fire pits and hot food and beverage for purchase.

Wild Lights and Restful Nights @ Elmwood Park Zoo

DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge is only minutes away from the area’s newest attraction, Wild Lights, a nighttime holiday experience featured at Elmwood Park Zoo. Make your visit to see Wild Lights a Roaring good time for the entire family!  Stay with DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia- Valley Forge and receive a discounted room rate, an Elmwood Park Zoo keepsake and complimentary transportation* to and from the Elmwood Park Zoo.  Enjoy a warm DoubleTree Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie upon arrival, complimentary Wi-Fi, two American style restaurants on site and a coffee shop proudly serving Starbucks beverages, including seasonal holiday favorites. 

*Transportation to and from the zoo is based on availability and reservations are recommended.  The final shuttle will pick up patrons at 9:45pm.

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Friday Dec. 21st| 5:30-8:30PM

Member Pricing: $40 | Non-Member Pricing: $45 

Aloha! Join us for Tropical Night at Wild Lights. This exclusive event includes admission to Wild Lights, bottomless margaritas, food provided by Bahama Breeze, a souvenir light up glass, access to an indoor heated area and early admission. Guests must be at least 21 years old and present a valid photo ID. No babies or children are allowed.

All proceeds from this event help keep EPZ’s over-400-animal collection happy, healthy and warm all winter long!


Dec. 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd | 5:30-7:30PM

Pricing: $20 

Add-on a Bubby’s Dessert Party to your Wild Lights Ticket. This family-friendly event features holiday-themed treats, a hot chocolate bar, gingerbread decorating, crafts, and our mascot Bubby the Bison. Enjoy access to our indoor and heated area and early admission to Wild Lights. 

Thank you to our Wild Lights Sponsors