Holiday Magic

Location: Zoowide

Date: Saturdays & Sundays, November 28 - December 20, plus December 26-31, 2020

Bright Lights.  Magical Nights.  Holiday Magic. 


Now in our 38th year, visit Chicagoland’s largest and longest-running lights festival with over a million twinkling LED lights, a 41-foot-tall talking tree, Chicago Wolves Skating Rink, ice carvers, larger-than-life LED animal sculptures, zoo chats, and much more!

Details on Holiday Magic coming soon...


Nightly Activities






Holly Jolly Theater Entertainment

Schedule TBD

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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.