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2022 Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo: Amazing Holiday Fun

The Detroit Zoo continues their holiday tradition with another season of Wild Lights. Guests can enjoy this even from November 19, 2022 until January 18th, 2023. More than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings, and sculptures throughout the front half of the Detroit Zoo. Get your tickets online.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo 2022 Dates and Times

Guests of all ages will enjoy a casual stroll through the magical holiday light displays. There will also be entertainment and special activities.

The Zoo will close at 4 pm daily. Then they will reopen at 5:00 on select dates for the Wild Lights display. The event normally takes about ninety minutes to complete.


19, 25-26 (5 until 10:30 p.m.)
20, 27 (5 until 9 p.m.)

2-3, 9-10, 16-23 (5 until 10:30 p.m.)
4, 11, 14-15, 26-31 (5 until 9 p.m.)

2-8 (5 until 9 p.m.)

Detroit Zoo Wild Lights Activities

New for 2022, guests can experience the Enchated Trail. The trail features an immersive forest of lights as well as seasonal music and sounds of the season. Be sure to check out the life-sized toy sculptures of light which includes a 40-foot-long train.

a stroll through the Christmas trees at the Wild Lights event.

Detroit Zoo Wild Lights 2022 New Features

New for 2022, the Wild Lights has added some fun feautres including:

  • Toyland – stroll through a wonderland of life-sized toy sculptures made of light, and make a wish at the wishing tree.
  • Enchanted trail – a dazzling forest of lights filled with holiday magic and sounds of the season.
  • Amazing photo ops – don’t forget your camera as there are many great places to capture the memories.
  • The Wild Lights Lodge – hliday decor, live entertainment, adult beverages, smores and more.
  • VIP experience in the Polar Patio (inside the table 28 restaurant) – all-you-can-eat food and desssert dining experience.


If you are looking to get your fill of the tastes of winter, then you can enjoy hot cocoa, warm pretzels , kettle corn as well as other festive favorites. You can also check out the Wild Lights Lodge. The Lodge is new for 2022 and provides guests with a space to warm up, enjoy holiday decor, live entertainment, bar service as well as smores.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

Wild Lights Prices

Save money on your tickets by purchasing early and online. General Admission prices range from $17 up to $24. The Detroit Zoo will admit children under the age of two for free. Guest need to purchased tickets in advance, online. In addition to your ticket, you will need to buy a parking pass for $8. Parking will only be available on the surface lots as well as the ground level of the parking structure.

Additional Wild Lights Ticket Packages are available online.

Check out some other great holiday light displays in Metro Detroit.

tunnel of lights

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