Join us for five animal lantern safaris, ice-carving demonstrations, holiday treats, costumed characters, wildlife theater, stilt walkers, and more! Changes to activity availability may occur due to unforeseen conditions. Social distancing in place for all activities. Lines for activities may close earlier to accommodate guests already on line and maintain safe social distancing. This program does not include animal exhibits. All animal exhibits close at 4:00pm. Holiday Lights is a rain or shine event.
Join us for a global safari in lights featuring illuminated animals from all over the world. Our five lantern safaris, spread out throughout the park each showcase a different wildlife region and will lead you on a fun, safe, and leisurely tour of the attractions.
A glowing pathway celebrating Africa’s animals in lights, including giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, lions, lemurs, and gorillas plus all new okapi, grey parrots, and chimpanzees!
Encounter glittering rhinos, tigers, and snow leopards as well as all new hornbills, pangolins, leopard, and monkeys!
Discover the illuminated macaws, jaguar, crocodile and new flamingos!
Experience North American animal lanterns including polar bear, caribou, wolves, sea lion, and new bison!
An undersea journey in lights including penguins, sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, corals, sea lions, and new spotted rays and nurse shark!
You’ll encounter amazing animal-themed stilt walkers - perfect for family photo ops and festive fun.
Celebrate the season at the beautifully decorated Holiday Tree.
Ice Carving & Competitions
Join us for nightly ice carving demonstrations as expert artists create wildlife art from giant ice blocks! Plus, on Fridays starting November 27, watch as our expert ice artists go head-to-head in live carving competitions!
Hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows, and other festive treats are available to enjoy.
Enjoy three puppet adventures. Celebrate some of the animals that love cold weather. Learn about polar bears and penguins, and what it takes to survive in a chilly climate.
Meet costumed wildlife characters at Dancing Crane Pavilion and take a photo.
A beloved tradition returns! Plan your visit today.
See the world from an ant’s eye view in an immersive indoor illuminated garden full of larger-than-life plants and animals, including bright flowers, mushrooms, butterflies and other insects. A few surprises await you along the way.
Our digital field guide is chock full of fun facts about the illuminated animals you'll encounter during our five lantern safaris! It's the perfect companion for your journey through five continents of amazing wildlife.