News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
December 12, 2017
Celebrate the "Zoo Year 2018" with Family and Friends at Brookfield Zoo

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     Brookfield, Ill. – This New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31, Brookfield Zoo invites families and friends to ring in 2018 at its annual Zoo Year’s Eve celebration held on the final evening of Holiday Magic, presented by ComEd and Meijer.

Zoo Year’s Eve festivities get underway at 6:00 p.m. with a DJ, who will have the Holly Jolly Theater rockin’ and rollin’ with music, fun games, party favors, prizes and more. The early countdown culminates with confetti cannons being set off at 8:00 p.m. Families with children under age 6 are also welcomed to venture over to Hamill Family Play Zoo, where kids can make noisemakers while also enjoying an early, kid-friendly New Year’s countdown at 8:00 p.m.

The final days of Holiday Magic are December 16-17 and 26-31. The zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day of the event. Come early to enjoy the entire zoo and stay later for the festivities, which begin at 4:00 p.m. Guests will have one last chance to stroll throughout the zoo lit with more than one million LED lights as well as new light displays. The North Mall is aglow with a spectacular 19-foot-tall orb lit with 20,000 colored lights—making for memorable photo opportunities. In addition, there are larger-than life bison, giraffe, and bear animal figures as well as gigantic reindeer created from telephone poles that are surrounded by lit spheres. Searchlights illuminate the sky at Roosevelt Fountain, the Formal Pool, and the North Gate, and guests can view hexagon-shaped trees that “dance” to music. Finally, lining the walkways along the zoo’s four malls and around Roosevelt Fountain are more than 600 lit trees decorated with ornaments by Chicagoland communities and corporations.

Holiday Magic also features a full schedule of music and live entertainment, professional ice carving demonstrations, magic shows, costumed characters who will greet zoogoers of all ages, a model train display, and an animated video accompanied to holiday tunes that will illuminate the front of The Swamp, a 41-foot Talk Tree, singing to the animals.

Zoo Year’s Eve activities are free with general zoo admission of $19.85 for adults and $14.50 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and over. Parking is $12. Discounted tickets may be purchased at any of the 20 Chicagoland Meijer locations in Illinois. Groups of 20 or more may purchase discounted tickets by going to or calling (708) 688-8431. Guests should park in Brookfield Zoo’s main parking lot (First Avenue and 31st Street).

For additional information about Zoo Year’s Eve and Holiday Magic, visit or call (708) 688-8000. Brookfield Zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, IL
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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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