Day Events


Please read these instructions carefully before purchasing your Zoo Lights tickets! Select your desired date on the calendar below. The available entry times will be displayed. Click "RESERVE" for the entry time you desire. If an entry time is not listed, that time block has reached capacity and is no longer available. Each time displayed is for a 30-minute arrival period. (So if you purchase tickets for a 5:30pm entry time, you can arrive anytime between 5:30pm - 6pm.) Please select the time you would like to arrive. 

You are welcome to stay for as long as you like once you are inside the Zoo! 

Zoo Lights is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Friday, November 25th - Friday, December 30th.


**2022 BONUS DATES**

In addition to our regularly scheduled nights, we have added additional Bonus Nights! We will be open daily the week of Christmas and the week after Christmas. 

Open Daily December 19 - December 23, and December 26 - December 30

All tickets include unlimited carousel rides. Pictures with Santa are available every night through December 23rd. Santa will not be here after Christmas. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase with proof of ID.

Zoo Lights tickets will be scanned at the gates. There are two ways to show us your tickets:

  • Via a mobile phone - you can pull up your receipt in your email and CLICK ON THE TICKET LINK or save your tickets to your phone wallet 
  • Print your tickets at home

We do not have a will call option for tickets. 

Please note: the bar code in your email receipt is not your ticket. Please scroll to the end of your email to find the QR code. That is your ticket. Each ticket has a unique QR code that will be scanned. (If you buy one 4-pack of tickets you only get ONE QR code. You will need all four people with you at the time of entry.)


  • Zoo Lights takes place rain or shine.


  • In the event of severe weather, Henry Vilas Zoo may cancel a Zoo Lights show.

  • Cancellations are posted on Henry Vilas Zoo's website and social media channels by 5 p.m.

  • Tickets for cancelled viewing dates will be refunded in 3-5 business days. Patrons can repurchase tickets for another available date at their convenience.

Events on 4/1/2023
Sorry, nothing is available on 4/1/2023.
Please try a different date.

702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715


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702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715


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