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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 in their habitats. It's a holiday tradition you can't miss!

Dates for 2020

Nov. 27-29, Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-23 & 26-30
5 - 9 p.m.

Tickets available below. 

All guests must have a ticket to enter. Tickets must be purchased in advance and must have a reserved time slot to enter.  

To avoid overcrowding, tickets are available via time ticketing. The half-hour time period selected for your tickets is the time you must enter the park. Entry will only be available during your time slot. Early or late admission cannot be allowed.

All guests, ages 10 and older, are required to wear a COVID face covering at all times when in the Akron Zoo. All our COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place during the event. 

Extra fun at Wild Lights

  • FREE carousel rides, presented by Giant Eagle
  • 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
  • Stop by Panda Treats for fresh donuts and other treats. Grasslands Café will be open with an adjusted menu. 
  • Buy a glass of beer or add an adult jolt in your hot chocolate or coffee.

Special Visitors

Enjoy a socially distant meet and greet with special holiday guests on select dates!

  • Santa Claus: Dec. 4-6 from 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Grinch: Dec. 18-20 from 5 - 8 p.m. 


  • 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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for buying tickets:

Akron Zoo member 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, 2019. After creating an account, make sure you are logged in.

Purchase Tickets

Wild Lights Safari Tours - SOLD OUT

Dec. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-22
7:45 and 8:45 p.m.

Enjoy a private golf cart tour of Wild Lights! During the exclusive tour, an Akron Zoo staff member will drive you through the zoo decorated in dazzling holiday lights. The tour includes a complimentary cup of hot chocolate to help stay warm during the tour, and guests – ages 21 and older – can opt in for a complimentary adult jolt in their cocoa. 

Safari Tours must be booked at least 48 hours in advance. Each tour can accommodate up to four people from the same household. Two tours are available per timeslot. 


Akron Zoo members: $130 per tour
Non-members: $150 per tour


ADA-accessible golf cart tours are available. To request an ADA cart, please call 330-375-2550 once you book your tour. The ADA cart is first come, first serve.   

Presenting Sponsor:

Akron Children's Hospital 

Conservation Carousel Sponsor:

Giant Eagle

Costume characters provided by Imaginos Productions LLC.