Holiday Magic

Location: Zoowide

Date: Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, and Tuesday-Sunday, 26-31

Holiday Magic presented by   

Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Festivities Begin at 4 p.m.

See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Continue the Tradition.

Now in our 36th Year
Chicagoland’s Largest and Longest Running Lights Festival
Over One Million Twinkling LED Lights


A 41-Foot Talking Tree, Train Display, Carolers, Ice carvers, and Much More!

Holiday Magic is FREE for Members. Not a Member? Purchase Tickets Here

Highlights include:
     · Wild Encounters will be open during Holiday Magic. The parakeet aviary will be closed. Wild Encounters admission will be free after 4pm.
     · A special 6:00 p.m. Dolphins in Action is back!

Many of our indoor exhibits will be open for viewing favorite animals, plus there will be Singing to the Animals (Reindeer, Big Cats, Bears) and special Zoo Chats. In addition, the zoo restaurants and food stands will be open with full menus and holiday treats, and gift shops will have hundreds of unique items for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones.

Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and entertainment in the Pavilions. Also on the schedule are nightly ice carving demonstrations, an amazing magic show, costumed characters, a model railroad display, and a 41 foot LED Talking Tree


Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

New 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.