Holiday Magic

Location: Zoowide

Date: Saturdays and Sundays, November 30-December 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, and Thursday-Tuesday, December 26-31

Holiday Magic presented by   

Bright Lights.  Magical Nights.  Holiday Magic. 

Now in our 38th 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, 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 

Ice Carver 


41-foot “Talking Tree” 

20-foot Lit Orb (Photo Op) 

Larger than Life Light Displays 

Zoo Chats


Check back soon for additional details!

*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.