Join us for 40 magical nights with millions of LED lights illuminating trees, buildings and more than 280 sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo. Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the sights and sounds of the season. For guests of all ages. 

This one-of-a-kind experience runs from November 20, 2021 to January 9, 2022 on select weeknights; Sundays, 5-9 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, 5-10:30 p.m.

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. It is strongly recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance online or at the Detroit Zoo during daytime hours; a limited number of Wild Lights general admission tickets will be sold at the gate each night for $25 per person. The best way to guarantee your Wild Lights experience, at the best price, 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 at the Polar Patio 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!