Holiday Magic

Location: Zoowide

Date: Friday through Sunday, November 27-29, Wednesday through Sunday, December 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, Saturday through Thursday, December 26-31

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Bright Lights.  Magical Nights.  Holiday Magic. 

Now in our 39th year, get ready to visit Chicagoland’s largest and longest-running lights festival featuring over a million twinkling LED lights!

Holiday Magic 2020 Dates
Friday through Sunday, November 27-29
Wednesday through Sunday, December 2-6, 9-13, & 16-20
Saturday through Thursday, December 26-31
*Reserve your timed tickets and parking here.

Holiday Magic 2020 Hours
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.*
*Please note that the zoo will not be open to guests prior to 3:00 p.m. on Holiday Magic days.

See the Dazzling Light Displays at Holiday Magic
* A brilliantly lit 600-foot-long tunnel featuring thousands of colored lights all synchronized to music
* A giant 20-foot-lit orb ideal for Instagram selfies and holiday photos
* A 41-foot-tall tree to celebrate the holidays
* Larger-than-life LED animal sculptures of a bison, bear, and giraffe.

Tunnel of Light sponsored by


Play the Game of Gnomes
New this year, guests of all ages can play the Game of Gnomes. Embark on a fun-filled scavenger hunt in search of 24 whimsical and enchanting themed gnomes, measuring 12 – 20 inches that will be located throughout the park. Check the map for general locations. For everything you need on your quest, including a gnome guide, as well as fun gnome activities you can share on social media, check out our Game of Gnomes site

Game of Gnomes sponsored by

Decorated Trees
The zoo's malls and Roosevelt Fountain are all decked out for the holidays, thanks to local community organizations and corporations that decorated 660 LED-lit trees with ornaments, many of them homemade.

Santa & Selfies
Although Santa Claus won't be making an appearance at Brookfield Zoo this year, families can still take photos next to a life-size cutout of him, as well as at other festively themed selfie frames located around the zoo. Kids will also be able to drop off their letters to Santa in the giant red box located on the south mall.

Festive Food & Beverage Favorites
Those who work up an appetite or want to warm up with a hot beverage, there will be outdoor food stands offering seasonal fare for purchase, including:
* Funnel Cakes
* Praline Nuts
* Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels
* Popcorn
* Pizza
* Burgers
* Spiced Wine
* Hot Chocolate
* Beer

Outdoor merchandise kiosks will have unique items for guests who would like to do some holiday shopping.

Know Before You Go
Brookfield Zoo is following Phase 4 guidelines from the state of Illinois which states no buildings may be open and guest capacity must be limited. To ensure social-distancing, advance admission and parking tickets are required. Reservation times will be available in 20-minute increments. Tickets must be reserved at All admission and parking tickets must be secured by both zoo members and guests prior to arriving. Those who are not familiar with the zoo's current protocols, it is recommended to review them at

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Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

Feed A Giraffe

Deliver up some delicious greens that the giraffes will take right from your hand!

Free Admission for Military Personnel

To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, the Chicago Zoological Society is offering free admission to Brookfield Zoo to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Qualified personnel who present a valid ID will be admitted free of charge. Make sure you reserve your timed ticket beforehand.