U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo is back for another beautifully lit season. Your family can stroll through the Zoo grounds surrounded by a million lights! Visitors will see twinkling light displays, enjoy fun photo opportunities, holiday carolers, Santa's woodland workshop, roaming entertainers, and lots more in this enchanting holiday wonderland.
Delight in brilliant, colorful light displays throughout the Zoo, including several new displays. A 40-foot lighted tree returns as a dynamic photo opportunity. Walk through two new tunnels with twinkling lights by River Camp and South Entrance. Other displays include Blizzard Boulevard, Campfire Corner, Trinket Trading Post, Gum Drop Grove, Snowy Savanna (new), Celebration City (new), Candy Cane Lane and more.
Visit with the cool birds at Penguin & Puffin Coast and warm up in the tropics of the Bayer Insectarium to see colorful insects from around the world. (Please note that these are the only animal exhibits open at night during the event. All other animal attractions are closed.)
Look for holiday carolers and other strolling live performers on select nights. Climb aboard your favorite animal on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel and see The Polar Express at the 4D Theater. These attractions are free with event admission and operate weather permitting.
Kids can make a free craft to take home and write a letter to Santa at the Woodland Workshop.
U.S. Bank Wild Lights 2023 will be held:
Friday, Nov. 24 — Sunday, Nov. 26
Wednesday, Nov. 29 - Sunday, December 3
Thursday, December 7 - Sunday, December 10
Monday, December 11 is Sensory Friendly Night for individuals with sensory sensitivities. This night will mirror the traditional Wild Lights experience, but will include sensory maps, quiet areas, and trained Zoo staff to assist individuals. Sensory Night is supported by The Autism Clinic at Hope.
Nightly, Wednesday, December 13 — Saturday, December 23.
Closed on December 24-25.
Nightly, December 26-30.
Hours for Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo are 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets for ages 2 and up are required and must be purchased in advance online at stlzoo.org/wildlights. Free admission for children under 2. Many nights sell out so advance purchase is highly recommended. Parking is free on both Zoo parking lots during Wild Lights. Lots fill on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information and tickets: stlzoo.org
Calling all budding scientists! Let's experiment, measure, and mix things up a bit with a morning full of exploration at Mad Science Time. Kids will get to be hands-on experimenting. All activities can be explored freely and playtime is included.
Young visitors and their families are invited to the Energy Stage to enjoy interactive read-alouds of science-themed picture books. Story times are followed by a short demonstration or discussion connected to the book's main concepts.
Read to a friendly therapy dog from DUO Dogs, Inc. After the story, the dog's handler will answer any questions kids have about therapy dogs, pet care and more. For ages 3-11. Registration is required for this free program.
Preschool Storytime is geared to ages 2-5.
Are you interested in learning more about Kindermusik before committing to a full semester? Are you unsure how your baby or child will respond in a group setting? Join Kindermusik for a musical playdate and see firsthand how singing, moving, playing instruments, and dancing together has the power keep us connected, fuel kids' brains and bring joy.