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Wild Lights

Come enjoy the wildest lighting display this holiday season. Nearly the entire zoo is decorated and many animals will be on exhibit. It's a holiday tradition you can't miss!




Extra fun at Wild Lights

  • Visit Santa Land, sponsored by Giant Eagle, and tell Santa your holiday wishes. Professional photos with Santa available for purchase in Santa Land.
  • Visit with the Snow Queen, the Snow Princess and the Snowman every day during Wild Lights from 6 - 8 p.m. 
  • Listen to performances from local choirs. (See below for schedule.)
  • Holly Jolly Hillside featuring lighted North American animals & trees synchronized to music.
  • Classic Holiday Town in Grizzly Ridge
  • Rockin' Lighted Spectacular, sponsored by Coca-Cola, with a wall of animated lights set to holiday music
  • Stop by Mrs. C's Sweets for a s'more and other treats.
  • Take a photo at Candy Cane Way, sponsored by Chick-fil-A.  
  • Buy a glass of beer or wine, or add an adult jolt in your hot chocolate or coffee.

Dates for 2019

Click the date to purchase tickets. 

Nov. 29
Nov. 30
Dec. 1
Dec. 6
Dec. 7
Dec. 8
Dec. 13
Dec. 14
Dec. 15
Dec. 20
Dec. 21
Dec. 22
Dec. 26
Dec. 27
Dec. 28
Dec. 29
Dec. 30

The event will run from 5-9 p.m. Ticket sales close at 8:30 p.m.

Prices

New pricing structure

Early Bird Tickets (tickets purchased by Nov. 29)

  • Akron Zoo member adult: $9
  • Akron Zoo member child (ages 2-14): $6
  • Non-member adult: $13
  • Non-member child (ages 2-14): $9
  • Non-member parking/shuttle: $3 per vehicle 
  • Infant (under two): Free, but does require a ticket

 General Admission Tickets (tickets purchased after Nov. 29)

  • Akron Zoo member adult: $12
  • Akron Zoo member child (ages 2-14): $9
  • Non-member adult: $16
  • Non-member child (ages 2-14): $12
  • Non-member parking/shuttle: $3 per vehicle 
  • Infant (under two): Free, but does require a ticket

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for buying tickets:

Akron Zoo member and early bird discounts will appear once tickets have been added to your cart.  Please make sure to log in and then continue to check-out to view your discount.

We do have a new online system and all guests, including Akron Zoo members, will need to create a new account if you have not done so already after March 1. After creating an account, make sure you are logged in. 

Cookies with Claus

Saturdays and Sundays,
Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22
3:30 - 5 p.m.

Want some extra time with the big guy? Select the Cookies with Claus add-on with your Wild Lights tickets to enter the zoo early at 3:30 p.m. Visit with Santa Claus and enjoy cookies and drinks before the zoo opens for Wild Lights at 5 p.m.!

Price: $5 per person*

*Must have a Cookies with Claus ticket, along with a Wild Lights ticket, for every person in your party.  


Choir Performances

  • Nov. 29: Firestone Madrigals Singers
  • Nov. 30: Coventry
  • Dec. 1: Miller South
  • Dec. 6: North Canton Hoover
  • Dec. 7: Pella Penguins
  • Dec. 8: Cub Scout 264
  • Dec. 13: Mogadore
  • Dec. 15: East CLC
  • Dec. 20: Tallmadge
  • Dec. 21: Stow-Munroe Falls
  • Dec. 22: Lake Girl Scouts

Presenting Sponsor:

Santa Land Sponsor:

Rockin' Lighted Spectacular Sponsor:

Candy Cane Way Sponsor: 

Costume characters provided by Imaginos Productions LLC.