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Wild Lights at the Akron Zoo

presented by Akron Children's Hospital


Join Us This Holiday Season

Come enjoy over thousands and thousands of lights and dozens of lighted displays throughout the zoo this holiday season! Nearly the entire zoo is decorated and several animals will be out.

Extra fun at Wild Lights

  • Different themed entertainment weekends:
    Dec. 1-3: Snow Queen, Ice Princess and Ice Harvester characters
    Dec. 8-10: Ice-Carvers
    Dec. 15-17: Galactic Villain, Galactic Warrior and Galactic Princess characters
    Dec. 21-23: Ice-Carvers 
    Dec. 26-30: Crafts after Christmas - Santa Land will be transformed into craft stations and a photo opportunity. Families can use props and sit in Santa's throne while Santa is vacationing.
  • Visit Santa Land and tell Santa your holiday wishes.  Professional photos with Santa available for purchase in Santa Land.
  • Carolers each night:
    Dec. 1: Field High School
    Dec. 2: Kenmore-Garfield High School
    Dec. 8: Medina High
    Dec. 9: Firestone Community Learning Center
    Dec. 10: Pella Penguins from Youngstown State University
    Dec. 15: Stow-Munroe Falls High School
    Dec. 16: Tallmadge High School
    Dec. 17: St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
    Dec. 21: Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Holly Jolly Hillside featuring lighted North American animals & trees synchronized to music
  • Classic Holiday Town in Grizzly Ridge
  • Rockin' Lighted Spectacular with 70' of animated lights set to holiday music
  • Take a ride on the Wild Winter Express train ride
  • Stop by Mrs. C's Sweets for a s'more and other treats

Dates for 2017

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

The Akron Zoo is not open to the public during 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. We are only open during Wild Lights.

Please select your desired date to attend Wild Lights.


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


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 a ticket.

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