Holiday Magic

Location: Zoowide

Date: Friday through Sunday, November 26-28, Wednesday through Sunday, December 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, Sunday through Friday, December 26-31

Brookfield Zoo does not open to guests until 3:00 p.m. on Holiday Magic days. Advanced tickets required.

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Bright Lights.  Magical Nights.  Holiday Magic. 

Now in our 40th year, get ready to visit Chicagoland’s longest-running lights festival featuring over two million twinkling LED lights!

Holiday Magic 2021 Tickets

Advanced, timed-entry reservations are required for Holiday Magic.
 · Please limit reservation to the number of guests in one car.
 · Each car should have its own reservation.


Holiday Magic 2021 Dates

 · Friday through Sunday, November 26-28
 · Wednesday through Sunday, December 1-5, 8-12, 15-19 
 · Sunday through Friday, December 26-31

Holiday Magic 2021 Hours

3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.*
*Please note that the zoo will not be open to guests prior to 3:00 p.m. on Holiday Magic days.

Holiday Magic Light Displays and Activities

 · Over 2 million lights!
 · NEW!  Sea of Lights - over 2 miles of lights!
 · 41-foot tall magical tree
 · Glowing Orb
 · Play the Game of Gnomes - find all of them hidden throughout the zoo!
 · 600-foot Tunnel of Lights
 · Skating Rink
 · Illuminated animal sculptures
 · Drop off letters for Santa
 · Numerous photo ops
 · Dolphins in Actions presentations at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. (fees apply)
 · Shop for unique gifts
 · Holiday Mold-A-Ramas
 · Food and beverage refreshments throughout the zoo

Holiday Magic Buildings

Animal buildings will be open until 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Please note: masks must be worn in any indoor locations within the zoo.
 · Australia House 
 · Great Bear Wilderness
 · Pachyderm House
 · Swamp
 · Feathers and Scales
 · Reptiles and Birds
 · Living Coast
 · Big Cats
 · Seven Seas underwater viewing gallery
 · Dolphins in Action presentations at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. (fees apply)
 · Hamill Family Wild Encounters (reindeer and goats only)
 · Tropic World (open until 8:00 p.m.)
 · Hamill Family Play Zoo (open until 8:00 p.m.)

Skating Rink

Skate into the winter season! Bring the family to circle the rink, and then stroll around the park to see everyone’s favorite animals.

This 40-foot x 80-foot skating rink is not made of ice, but of a synthetic plastic known as Glice®—a material composed of heat-pressed layers of polymers—so no water or electricity is required for operation.

 · Saturday and Sunday, November 20-21, from noon to 4:30 p.m.
 · Holiday Magic® nights —November 26-28 and December 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, and 26-31 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

 · Unlimited skate time - $7.00
 · Skate rentals (limited quantities) - $5.00 
 · Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates.

Game of Gnomes

Play the Game of Gnomes!  Find all the gnomes throughout the zoo during Holiday Magic!

Tunnel of Lights Sponsored by 

Orb Sponsored by 

Gingerbread House Sponsored by 


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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. Make sure you reserve your timed ticket beforehand.