Experience the Detroit Zoo Wild Lights in Oakland County

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo Sign and Water Tower

Thank you for your interest in The Detroit Zoo Wild Lights. For the Oakland County Blog’s latest edition of Wild Lights, see here.

Light up your holiday season with an adventure to the Detroit Zoo Wild Lights. This spectacular display of 265 sculptures, trees, and buildings is comprised of more than five million LED lights! Wild Lights illuminates the zoo for 24 nights throughout November and December.

Check out this preview of the Detroit Zoo Wild Lights before you take your trip:

Wild Lights will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. select weeknights and Sundays. This changes to 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Here’s a listing of the Wild Lights nights:

  • November 17-18
  • November 23-25
  • November 30
  • December 1-2
  • December 7-9
  • December 14-16
  • December 20-23
  • December 26-31

Purchasing advanced tickets is recommended and can be done at the front gate or online. Tickets sold in advance range from $11 – $17, while walk-up tickets for all nights and time slots are $18. Parking is $8 per vehicle. Children younger than two can enter for free.

Holiday Fun at Wild Lights

The Wild Lights pathway takes visitors on a journey through the front half of the zoo and into a few animal exhibits: The Otter Habitat, the Beaver Habitat, and the Reptile House. The Ford Education Center will also be open. Visitors will be able to look at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which showcases some of the world’s greatest photography.

The Polar Package, which includes one untimed admission for Wild Lights and one ticket to the 4-D theater to see “Polar Express 4-D Experience” is available for $16 to $22 depending on the night of the event, or $22 at the front gate. Ice rink skates and carousel rides will also be available for purchase.

Trees illuminated in blue, green, red, and purple lights line the pathway of the Detroit Zoo Wild Lights.

For more information, visit the Detroit Zoo’s website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and the Detroit Zoo Blog.


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