ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Saint Louis Zoo has been voted one of America's greatest free attractions, and starting Nov. 25, for a nominal fee, a wild, arctic wonderland of twinkling holiday lights and seasonal sounds awaits attendees of the famed park at U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Revelers will be enchanted by whimsical light displays, including a starry safari, jungle bell rock, the beautiful swan lake, poppin’ prairie dogs, an illuminated penguin colony, a fantasy butterfly garden, numerous trees ablaze in lights and much more.

Get nose-to-beak with the birds at Penguin & Puffin Coast, check in on Kali the polar bear at McDonnell Polar Bear Point, warm up in the tropics of the Monsanto Insectarium where you’ll see colorful insects from around the world, and go underwater through the Sea Lion Sound tunnel.

Gather ‘round the fire to fluff your fur, warm your paws and perk up your listening ears as you hear captivating animal stories by theatrical interpreters sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy. Live ice carving demonstrations will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (except Dec. 9), and on select nights, look for strolling entertainment and costumed characters throughout the event.

Climb aboard your favorite animal on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel ($3). Chill out in the 4-D Theater featuring “Polar Express—The 4-D Experience” ($4-5). Rides are weather permitting.

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Wild Lights is open 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the following dates:

• Friday, Nov. 25–Sunday, Nov. 27
• Wednesday, Nov. 30–Sunday, Dec. 4
• Wednesday, Dec. 7–Sunday, Dec. 11
• Wednesday, Dec. 14–Friday, Dec. 23
• Monday, Dec. 26–Friday, Dec. 30

The Zoo will close to the public at 4 p.m. each day of Wild Lights. Doors will re-open at 5:30 p.m. for the event. (Exhibit is closed on the holidays: Dec. 24, 25 and 31.)


• Monday–Thursday: $7 for Zoo members/$8 for general public
• Friday–Sunday: $9 for Zoo members/$10 for general public
• Children under age 2 receive free admission.

Wild Lights tickets can be purchased online at, or at the door on nights of the event starting at 5:30 p.m. Free parking will be available on Zoo parking lots during event hours.

Roast your own campfire s'mores (available for purchase) at the Holiday Traditions area, sponsored by U.S. Bank. Take a detour to enjoy dinner, snacks and hot chocolate available at food locations throughout the Zoo. Visit the 102.5 KEZK Penguin PlayZone for penguin-themed games, crafts, photo ops and more.

Shop for a variety of unique gift ideas at Zoo gift shops and receive a 10 percent discount on any purchase; Zoo members receive a 20 percent discount.

Group Rate

Groups of 15 or more may receive a group rate of $7/person on weekdays and $9/person on weekends by calling in advance. To order group tickets, call (314) 646-4718 or email groups "at"




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