Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo 2019

The Detroit Zoo continues their holiday tradition with another season of Wild Lights which will run select dates from now until January 5th, 2020. More than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings, and sculptures throughout the front half of the Detroit Zoo.

Reindeer Light Display

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

The Zoo will close at 4 pm daily, and reopen at 5:30 on select dates for the Wild Lights display which normally takes about ninety minutes to complete.

Wild Lights Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo Wild Lights Activities

In addition to walking the path to see the lights, guests can pay extra to enjoy a 15-minute version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Wild Adventure Zone in the Ford Education Center, ride The Carousel or enjoy a skating session. Photos will Santa Clause will also be available for purchase.

There will also be holiday entertainment, crafts, and activities including choral performances on select nights as well as Scientists Sundays. Admission also includes the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which showcases some of the world’s most amazing photography.

Ice Skating at the Detroit Zoo

Finally, guests will be able to view the animals that are housed in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, the otter habitat and beaver habitat. The other animal habitats and buildings will be closed during Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo.

Wild Lights Detroit Zoo


The Arctic Café, Buddy’s Pizza, American Coney Island, and The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company will be open during the Wild Lights event. Guests will also be able to purchase a variety of food and drinks along the trail, including a limited number of alcoholic beverages.

Christmas Ornament light display at the Wild Lights Detroit Zoo

The Polar Patio is a new addition for the 2019 season. The outdoor private dining area is festively decorated and features complimentary food, dessert, hot cocoa and cash bar. Limited tickets are available for $29-$36 in advance online or $37 at the gate and include admission to Wild Lights.

Giraffe light display at the Detroit Zoo

Wild Lights Prices

This year ticketing prices will vary based on demand and when you purchase your tickets. Tickets range from $11 up to $37 and include a wide variety of options. You can save money by purchasing your tickets online, and selecting non-peak times to participate.

Light display at Wild Lights Detroit Zoo

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