Community Tree Trim

Location: Various Locations

Date: Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18 

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Does your community group want to get into the holiday spirit early? Join Brookfield Zoo in gearing up for our Holiday Magic celebration by participating in Community Tree Trim. Sponsoring a tree is a beautiful way to support the zoo and celebrate the 37th annual Holiday Magic!  School groups, scout troops, families - all are welcome to participate in Tree Trim!
Assemble your group, make your ornaments, and head to Brookfield Zoo from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 or Sunday, November 18 to decorate your tree!

Purchase a Community Tree

Tree Orders Include
- 20 admission and 5 parking tickets
- A fully LED-lit tree (no need to bring lights!)
- A sign featuring your town and the names of those who decorated and donated the tree 
- Trees are placed throughout the zoo on a first-come, first-served basis

Tree Orders
- $160.00 each  

Community Tree Trim Info Sheet

Additional Tickets
Additional discounted admission tickets can be purchased for $10.00 each. These tickets are valid for both adults and children/seniors and are valid for Tree Trim Weekend only. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available for purchase online through Friday, November 16. Tickets purchased at the gate during Tree Trim will be regular admission price. 

Discounted tickets do not need to be purchased at the same time as the tree. A separate order can be placed for discounted tickets. Please note: all discounted tickets are non-refundable.

Purchase Additional Tree Trim Tickets

Commemorative Patches
Everyone in your group can remember that special day at the zoo with this unique commemorative patch. Patches can be purchased online and are available for pick-up at Wildlife Trading Post from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday, November 17 or 18. Shipping is available. Please call (708) 688-8638 for shipping charges or with questions regarding your order.

Purchase Tree Trim Patches

Ornament Guidelines and Removal
Click below for a complete list of suggested ornament guidelines along with some creative ideas from previous years.  If your group would like to keep its ornaments, you can remove them January 1-19, 2019 during regular zoo hours (10:00 am to 4:30 pm).  Ornaments left on trees after January 19, 2019 will not be saved. 

Ornament Guidelines             



Purchase a Community Tree


Paying by check*?  Please follow the instructions on the this check order form and submit the order form with payment.  Please note the check order processing fee.  

Tree Trim will be held rain, shine, or snow!  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  All indoor exhibits and buildings will be open as usual during Tree Trim weekend.  

Questions?  Check our our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at

*Check orders incur a $10.00 processing fee.    
**Tree Trim passes valid on November 17-18 only.  Additional tickets must be purchased in advance in order to receive discount.  Tickets purchased at the gate will not be discounted.  All discounted Tree Trim tickets are non-refundable. 

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