Holiday Magic

Location: Zoowide

Date: Friday through Sunday, November 25-27; Wednesday through Sunday, November 30, December 1-4, 7-11, 14-18; Monday through Saturday, December 26-31

Bright Lights.  Magical Nights.  Holiday Magic. 

Now in our 41st year, get ready to visit Chicagoland’s longest-running lights festival featuring over two million twinkling LED lights!

In 2022, for NORTH GATE ENTRY, Holiday Magic advance reservations are not required; however, you may purchase these in advance below. Advance reservations ARE REQUIRED FOR SOUTH GATE ENTRYHoliday Magic admission is free for members of Brookfield Zoo.

NORTH GATE ENTRY (Reservations not required)

I am a nonmember and want to purchase Holiday Magic tickets in advance of my visit


I am a nonmember and want to purchase Holiday Magic tickets for SOUTH gate entry 

I want to make a reservation with my member card

I have a member guest pass(es) I need to exchange

I have a general admission ticket with a barcode

I am an active, reservist or retired military member

I have a library pass

Presented by

Holiday Magic Tunnel of Lights Presented by

Holiday Magic 2022 Dates
Friday through Sunday, November 25-27
Wednesday through Sunday, November 30, December 1-4, 7-11, 14-18, 
Monday through Saturday, December 26-31

Holiday Magic 2022 Hours
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Join us and enjoy:

  • Over 2 million lights!

  • The Sea of Lights, with over 2 miles of lights!

  • Play the Game of Gnomes - find all 27 hidden throughout the zoo!

  • 600-foot Tunnel of Lights

  • Skating Rink*

  • Illuminated animal sculptures

  • Numerous photo ops

  • Drop off letters for Santa

  • Shop for unique gifts

  • Food and beverage refreshments throughout the zoo

    *Located on the East Mall, the skating rink is made of a synthetic plastic known as Glice®. The 40-foot x 80-foot rink is open during the zoo’s Holiday Magic, from 3:00 to 8:30 p.m. The cost for unlimited time on the rink for all skaters is $7. A limited number of skates are available to rent for a $5 fee. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates.



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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 will be admitted free of charge.