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)

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus – Seven Seas Underwater Viewing – 4:00 – 8:30 pm (through 12/23)

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 (The parakeet aviary at Wild Encounters is closed during Holiday Magic.)

 • 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 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 

Wednesday, December 26
5:00 p.m. – The Gypsy Wagon Trio
6:00 p.m. – Those Funny Little People
7:00 p.m. – Lively Arts Dance
8:00 p.m. – The Dance Academy
 
Thursday, December 27
5:00 p.m. – Studio 83 Dance Company
6:00 p.m. – Those Funny Little People 
7:00 p.m. – Impact Dance Studio 
8:00 p.m. – NPD Movers and Shakers Dance Team

Friday, December 28
5:00 p.m. – HOTT Productions Performing Arts Studio
6:00 p.m. – Those Funny Little People
7:00 p.m. – The Dance Loft
8:00 p.m. – Ballet Folklorico Yolotzin
 
Saturday, December 29
5:00 p.m. – McNulty Irish Dancers
6:00 p.m. – Those Funny Little People 
7:00 p.m. – Elk Grove Park District's Pavilions Dance Centre
8:00 p.m. – Elite Academy of Dance

Sunday, December 30
5:00 p.m. – Lyons Township High School Color Guard
6:00 p.m. – Those Funny Little People
7:00 p.m. – Thistle and Highland Dancers
8:00 p.m. – Darla's Dance Center
 
Monday, December 31
5:00 p.m. – Those Funny Little People 
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Zoo Year's Eve!
 

Click here for a printable schedule and map.


All activities are subject to weather and may be moved, modified, or cancelled at any time. 

*Motor Safari trams will not be running during Holiday Magic. 


Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

Penguin Encounters!

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

Sign Up for Zoo Classes

Parents and young explorers can experience serious fun at one of our Family Play Classes!

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.