The Detroit Zoo Wild Lights Display

A white wolf standing in the snow.

Since its opening day, the Detroit Zoo has attracted millions of visitors. While many people view visiting the zoo as a fair-weather activity, there is a perk to touring the zoo during the winter. During the months of November and December, the Detroit Zoo is transformed into its annual, spectacular Wild Lights display.

History of The Detroit Zoo

The Detroit Zoo opened to the public on August 1st, 1928 to a record number of attendees. At the time it opened, the Detroit Zoo had lions, bears, raccoons, birds, wolverines and elk. Today, the Detroit Zoo spans over 125 acres and showcases over 2,000 animals and 245 species. The polar bear exhibit at the Detroit Zoo is the largest in the world. The zoo also features award-winning attractions like the National Amphibian Conservation Center, Great Apes of Harambee and the Arctic Ring of Life. Since its inception, the Detroit Zoo has been a huge success. Every year, the Detroit Zoo sees over 1.6 million visitors walk through their gates.

What’s Wild Lights?

It isn’t very often you get to see the magic of the zoo during the winter. During the months of Wild Lights, the trees, buildings and over 230 animal sculptures are decked out in over 5 million holiday lights. Guests are invited to tour the front area of the zoo and participate in holiday activities and entertainment. Also included in the price is a visit to the Education Center where The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit will be displayed.

Wild Lights December Dates

If you didn’t get to the zoo in November, don’t miss out on Wild Lights this month! Wild Lights will take place the weekends of December 8-10, 15-17, 20-23 and 26-31 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Some dates will have extended hours.

Tickets for Wild Lights

Tickets for the Wild Lights are available for purchase both online and at the door. In order to control the flow of traffic, the price for tickets vary based on the date chosen. Tickets sold ahead of time will range between $10-$16 dollars whereas tickets bought at the door will be $16. Children under the age of 2 can enjoy Wild Lights for free.

Ticket Packages

The Rudolph Package will cost $18 and will include an untimed admission to Wild Lights and a ticket to see Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 4-D. The Winter Rink Package will include an untimed ticket to Wild Lights as well as a ticket to the ice skating rink. This ticket also costs $18.

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