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Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights, sights and sounds of Wild Lights, presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions. Guests of all ages can enjoy this holiday tradition over 40 festive nights on select dates in November, December and January.

Wild Lights guests will enjoy masterfully designed, festive vignettes and seasonal treats. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, showcasing award-winning photography, will be making its North American premiere at the Detroit Zoo this season and is included with Wild Lights admission.

Back by popular demand, the Polar Patio package, sponsored by Key Bank, offers a private dining experience. The package includes admission to Wild Lights and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit, all-you-can-eat food and dessert, hot cocoa in a souvenir cup and a cash bar.

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To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all, the event capacity of Wild Lights has been limited. All tickets must be purchased in advance online or at the Detroit Zoo during daytime hours; walk-up tickets will not be sold at the gate. The best way to guarantee your Wild Lights experience is to purchase your advance tickets today.

Ticket Prices

Ticket Price Features
Wild Lights Admission (ages 2+) $17-$24 Admission to Wild Lights and Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wild Lights + Polar Patio Package (ages 2+) $30-$38 Admission to Wild Lights and Wildlife Photographer of the Year, all-you-can-eat food and dessert and hot cocoa in a souvenir cup.
Children under 2 FREE
Parking $8 per vehicle

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo is an outdoor event;
there will be no access to animal habitats during your Wild Lights experience.

Know before you go! Read the Detroit Zoo safety guidelines here.

Children younger than 2 are admitted free.

Member discounts do not apply to this event.

Wild Lights is held in rain, snow or shine. Please come dressed for the weather!