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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!

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Wild Lights at the Akron Zoo

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.
  • Holly Jolly Hillside featuring lighted North American animals & trees synchronized to music.
  • Classic Holiday Town in Grizzly Ridge
  • Rockin' Lighted Spectacular with a wall of animated lights set to holiday music
  • Take a spin on our Ice Rink. (Skate rentals included in price. Outside skates not allowed.)
  • Stop by Mrs. C's Sweets for a s'more and other treats.
  • Buy a glass of beer or an adult jolt in your hot chocolate or coffee at the Ice Beer Garden. 
  • Special themed weekend with costume characters, ice carvers and carolers! (see schedule below)

Snack with Santa

If you wish to enjoy more exclusive time with Santa, please purchase the Snack with Santa add-on ticket for early entrance into Santa Land from 4:15 - 5:15 with hot beverages, cookies and a letter writing station all with Santa himself! Available through Dec. 23. 

To attend Snack with Santa, guests need to purchase both Wild Lights and Snack with Santa tickets.

Price - $5 per person (adults and children need tickets)

Purchase Tickets for Wild Lights 2018

Please make sure to select your correct date and double check on the following page BEFORE you check out. Tickets are non-refundable or date transferable.

Nov. 23
Nov. 24
Nov. 25
Nov. 30
Dec. 1
Dec. 2
Dec. 7
Dec. 8
Dec. 9
Dec. 14
Dec. 15
Dec. 16
Dec. 21
Dec. 22
Dec. 23
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.


Pre-sale (24 hours in advance)

Akron Zoo Members

  • Adult: $9
  • Child (ages 2-14)*: $6


  • Adults: $12
  • Child (ages 2-14)*: $8
  • Parking/Shuttle fee: $3

Day-of  (purchase on the day you intend to come to Wild Lights)

Akron Zoo Members

  • Adult: $12
  • Child (ages 2-14)*: $9


  • Adult: $15
  • Child (ages 2-14)*: $11
  • Parking/Shuttle fee: $3

*Children under two are free, but do require an infant ticket.

Entertainment Schedule

  • Nov. 23-25: Meet the Snow Queen, Snow Princess and Snowman from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Watch ice carvers at 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 2: Roxie the baby T-Rex will visit in her holiday outfit from 6-8 p.m. Watch ice carvers at 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 7-9: Meet Cinderella and her prince from 6-8 p.m. Watch ice carvers at 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 14-16: Meet the Spider Hero and Spider Villain from 6-8 p.m. Watch ice carvers at 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 21-23: Mrs. Claus and Ollie the Elf will make crafts with guests and have a special story time from 6-8 p.m. Story times are at: 6:15, 6:45, 7:15, 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. Watch ice carvers at 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 26-30: Crafts after Christmas - make a special craft and take photos at our photo op area. 

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