News Release
 
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351, sondra.katzen@czs.org
 
November 23, 2020
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Note: Downloadable photos at bottom of release.
 
Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic Brightens up the Season
 

 Brookfield, Ill.-- This year's holiday season may be a little different, but Brookfield Zoo's annual Holiday Magic, presented by ComEd and Meijer, is sure to get families in a festive spirit. Celebrating its 39th year, the event will be held on 24 nights: Friday-Sunday, November 27-29; Wednesdays-Sundays, December 2-6, 9-13, and 16-20; and Saturday-Thursday, December 26-31, from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

Zoogoers can stroll along the many pathways, lit with more than one million twinkling LED lights, including through the 600-foot-long Tunnel of Lights, presented by Xfinity, featuring thousands of colored lights all synchronized to music.

Additional dazzling displays include a giant 20-foot-lit orb, where guests can stand inside to take memorable holiday photos, a 41-foot tree, and larger-than-life illuminated animal sculptures of a bison, bear, and giraffe. The zoo's malls and Roosevelt Fountain are all decked out for the holidays, thanks to local community organizations, families, and corporations that decorated 660 LED-lit trees with ornaments, many of them homemade.

New this year, guests of all ages can play the Game of Gnomes, and embark on a fun-filled scavenger hunt in search of 24 enchanting themed gnomes. Each whimsical gnome measures between 12 to 20 inches high that can be found throughout the park. 

Although Santa Claus will not 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 be able to drop off letters to Santa in the giant red box located on the south mall. In addition, written greetings and drawing for the animals may be deposited in a designated box.

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, spice wine, beer, and hot chocolate. Outdoor merchandise kiosks will have unique items for guests who would like to do some holiday shopping. 

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 CZS.org/OnlineTicketing. Both guests and zoo members must secure all admission and parking tickets prior to arriving. Admission is $24.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 3-11, and $19.95 for senior 65 and over. Parking is $15. All tickets are nonrefundable. Those who are not familiar with the zoo's current protocols, it is recommended to review them at CZS.org/KnowBeforeYouGo.

The expanded Holiday Magic schedule will allow zoogoers to enjoy the lights before Brookfield Zoo temporarily closes to the public January 1 through February 28, 2021, with plans to reopen to guests on March 1, within state restrictions.
 

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Photo Captions
1: Although Santa Claus will not be making an appearance at Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic 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 park.
 
2: Several of the 24 whimsical and enchanting themed gnomes that guests to Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic can search for throughout the park.
 
3: Brookfield Zoo will be lit with more than one million LED lights during its 39th annual Holiday Magic.
 
4: The iconic lion statues at Brookfield Zoo’s south gate are decorated for the holiday season.
 
5: Letters to Santa can be dropped off in the giant red box located on Brookfield Zoo’s south mall during Holiday Magic. In addition, written greetings and drawing for the animals may be deposited in a designated box.
 
6: Brookfield Zoo will be lit with more than one million LED lights during its 39th annual Holiday Magic.
 
7: Large LED reindeer statues light up Brookfield Zoo’s south mall during its 39th annual Holiday Magic.

and 9: During Holiday Magic, guests can walk through the 600-foot-long Tunnel of Lights featuring thousands of LED lights synchronized to music on Brookfield Zoo’s west mall.


About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities 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. The zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service. For further information, visit CZS.org.
 

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