Community Tree Trim

Location: Various Locations

Date: Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24

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Does your community group want to get into the holiday spirit early? Join Brookfield Zoo in gearing up for our Holiday Magic celebration by participating in Community Tree Trim. Sponsoring a tree is a beautiful way to support the zoo and celebrate the 38th annual Holiday Magic!  School groups, scout troops, families - all are welcome to participate in Tree Trim!
Assemble your group, make your ornaments, and head to Brookfield Zoo from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 23 or Sunday, November 24 to decorate your tree!

Please Note: There will be lane closures on 1st Avenue during Tree Trim, which may impact your visit. Please allow extra time to park. We suggest parking in the North West Parking Lot as the best option to avoid traffic.

Community Tree Trim has SOLD OUT!

Tree Orders Include

- 20 admission and 5 parking tickets
- A fully LED-lit tree (no need to bring lights!)
- A sign featuring your town and the names of those who decorated and donated the tree 
- Trees are placed throughout the zoo on a first-come, first-served basis
- Tree Price: $160.00 each

Additional Tickets

Additional discounted admission tickets can be purchased separately. These tickets are valid for both adults and children/seniors and are valid for Tree Trim Weekend only. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available for purchase online through Friday, November 22. Tickets purchased at the gate during Tree Trim will be regular admission price. 

Discounted tickets do not need to be purchased at the same time as the tree. A separate order can be placed for discounted tickets. Please note: all discounted tickets are non-refundable.

Purchase Additional Tree Trim Tickets


Commemorative Patches

Everyone in your group can remember that special day at the zoo with this unique commemorative patch. Patches can be purchased at the Wildlife Trading Post Gift Shop from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday, November 23 or 24.  Patches ordered online prior to Tree Trim Weekend can be picked up at the Wildlife Trading Post Gift Shop during Tree Trim Weekend as well.  

Purchase Tree Trim Patches


Ornament Guidelines and Removal

Click below for a complete list of suggested ornament guidelines along with some creative ideas from previous years.  If your group would like to keep its ornaments, you can remove them January 1-18, 2020 during regular zoo hours (10:00 am to 4:30 pm).  Ornaments left on trees after January 18, 2020 will not be saved. 

Ornament Guidelines


Tree Trim will be held rain, shine, or snow!  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  All indoor exhibits and buildings will be open as usual during Tree Trim weekend.  

Questions?  Check our our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at

**Tree Trim passes valid on November 23-24 only.  Additional tickets must be purchased in advance in order to receive discount.  Tickets purchased at the gate will not be discounted.  All discounted Tree Trim tickets are non-refundable. 

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