News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
September 12, 2017
NOTE: Images from past Tree Trims at Brookfield Zoo may be downloaded below:
Registration Underway for Brookfield Zoo’s Annual Tree Trim
Chicagoans Invited to Kick Off Holiday Celebrations November 18 and 19
     Brookfield, Ill. – Help Brookfield Zoo gear up for its 36th annual Holiday Magic by participating in the annual Community and Corporate Tree Trim on Saturday, November 18, or Sunday, November 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For this event, community and corporate groups -- from schools, scout troops, and libraries to individual families, clubs, and colleagues – can sponsor a pre-lit tree that will be on display at Brookfield Zoo for the holiday season.

To get in the holiday spirit, groups can choose a theme for their trees and have fun making their ornaments before heading to Brookfield Zoo to decorate. School groups may select a theme around its mascot or school colors, a scout troop may highlight its badges, or a corporation may create ornaments based on its mission. Many trees are dedicated in memory of loved ones and include photos and thoughtful messages.

Depending on the size of the ornaments, it is recommended to create approximately 100 to 150 for community trees and up to 200 for corporate trees. Since ornaments will need to withstand the elements of winter, it is also suggested that they be painted, varnished, shellacked, or laminated.

Community trees line the zoo’s north, south, east, and west malls. Groups interested in participating may purchase a tree for $140 ($160 after October 6). In return, organizations will receive 20 admission passes and five parking passes valid on November 18 and 19, a pre-lit tree, and a sign featuring the town and names of those who decorated and donated the tree.

Corporate trees, which are prominently displayed around the zoo’s Roosevelt Fountain, cost $500. Companies receive 30 admission passes and 10 parking passes valid November 18 and 19, a pre-lit tree, and a sign displaying the company name and/or logo.

Additional admission tickets can be purchased for a discount at $9.00 each and must be purchased online in advance. Tickets purchased at the gate during Community and Corporate Tree Trim weekend will be regular admission price. Groups interested in purchasing a commemorative patch, such as Boy or Girl Scout troops, may do so online.
To reserve a tree for your group or corporation and for additional information, including ornament guidelines and inspiration from previous years’ trees, please visit

The hundreds of decorated community and corporate trees that illuminate Brookfield Zoo’s walkways will be featured during the zoo’s Holiday Magic, presented by ComEd and Meijer. This traditional festive event, which takes place on December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, and 26-31 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., features more than one million twinkling lights and displays. In addition, there will be ice carving demonstrations, singing to the animals, live musical performances, magicians, a model train display, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus (through December 17), a 41-foot Talking Tree, special zoo chats, and more.
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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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