Holiday Magic

Location: Zoowide

Date: Saturdays and Sundays, December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and Wednesday-Monday, 26-31

Holiday Magic presented by   

Holly Jolly Theater sponsored by  Metro by T-Mobile

Bright Lights.  Magical Nights.  Holiday Magic. 

Now in our 37th year, visit Chicagoland’s Largest and Longest Running Lights Festival with over One-Million Twinkling LED Lights, a 41-Foot Talking Tree, a Skating Rink, Carolers, Ice Carvers, and Much More!  

Holiday Magic is FREE for Members. Not a Member? Join Brookfield Zoo!  Or Purchase Admission Tickets!
 

Nightly Activities

  • Holly Jolly Theater – Swan Pavilion

    •  • Stop by to see nightly entertainment of singers, dancers, carolers (see entertainment list below)

      Ice Carver – Dolphin Pavilion – 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 pm

    • Magician – Bison Pavilion – 4:30 – 8:30 pm

  • 41-foot “Talking Tree” – North Plaza

  • 20-foot Lit Orb (Photo Op) – North Mall (south of Carousel)

  • Larger than Life Light Displays 

    •  • Reindeer – East Mall

    •  • Bear – North Mall

    •  • Bison and Giraffe – South Mall

    •  • Light Display – West Mall

  • Singing to the Animals

    •  • Reindeer – Hamill Family Wild Encounters – 5:30 pm

    •  • Big Cats – Big Cats – 6:30 pm

    •  • Bears – Great Bear Wilderness – 7:30 pm

  • Dolphins in Action – Seven Seas – 6:00 pm (fee required)

  • Zoo Chats

    •  • Crocodiles – The Swamp – 5:00 pm

    •  • Reptiles – Feathers and Scales – 5:30 pm

    •  • Bears – Great Bear Wilderness – 6:00 pm

    •  • Lemurs – Hamill Family Play Zoo – 6:30 pm

    •  • Rhinoceroses – Pachyderms – 7:00 pm

    •  • Big Cats – Big Cats – 7:30 pm

    • "Rudolph Rides the Rails" Model Railroad – LGB Model Railroad Club – BZ Red Hots/Riverside Room – 4:00 to 8:30 pm

    • ‚ÄčCookie and Cupcake Decorating – BZ Red Hots (fee required)
       

  • Exhibits (Open until 8:00 pm)

    •  • Australia House

    •  • Big Cats

    •  • Camel Yard

    •  • Desert's Edge

       • Feathers and Scales

    •  • Great Bear Wilderness

    •  • Hamill Family Play Zoo

    •  • Hamill Family Wild Encounters

    •  • Pachyderms

    •  • Regenstein Wolf Woods

    •  • Reptiles and Birds

    •  • Seven Seas (Underwater Viewing)

    •  • Clouded Leopard Rain Forest

    •  • The Living Coast

    •  • The Swamp

    •  • Tropic World

 
 

Holly Jolly Theater Entertainment

 
Saturday, December 1
5:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremony at Talking Tree
6:00 p.m. – Those Funny Little People
6:30 p.m. – Finale Studio
7:00 p.m. – Community Band
8:00 p.m. – DLD Dance Center
 
Sunday, December 2
5:00 p.m. – Moravian Cultural Society 
6:00 p.m. – Those Funny Little People 
7:00 p.m. – Immanuel Lutheran Church
8:00 p.m. – Latin and Spanish Dance Ensemble 
 
Saturday, December 8
5:00 p.m. – Momentum Performing Arts
6:00 p.m. – Those Funny Little People
7:00 p.m. – Elite Dance Company
8:00 p.m. – 3rd Street Dance and Theatre Academy
 
Sunday, December 9
5:00 p.m. – Lights, Camera, Dancin’s, Action Dance Crew Dancers
6:00 p.m. – Those Funny Little People 
7:00 p.m. – Duet Dance Academy
8:00 p.m. – Matteson School District 162
 
Saturday, December 15
5:00 p.m. – Wilmette Park District
6:00 p.m. – Those Funny Little People
6:45 p.m. – Expression Dance Studio
8:00 p.m. – Jo's Footwork Studio
 
Sunday, December 16
5:00 p.m. – Peggy Rose Dance Academy
6:00 p.m. – Those Funny Little People
7:00 p.m. – TNT Extreme Dance
8:00 p.m. – Coal City High School Show Choir Footnotes
 
Saturday, December 22
5:00 p.m. – Mundelein Dance Company 
6:00 p.m. – Those Funny Little People
7:00 p.m. – Rock Academy
8:00 p.m. – Twirling Bears & Bearettes
 
Sunday, December 23
5:00 p.m. – Dance Dimensions
6:00 p.m. – Those Funny Little People
7:00 p.m. – Connections Studio
8:00 p.m. – VeVe's Dance Company 


Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

New Penguin Encounters!

Join us for a unique close encounter with Humboldt penguins at Brookfield Zoo.

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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 at one of the zoo's admission booths will be admitted free of charge.