CANCELED FOR 2020 | Zoo Lights at Henry Vilas Zoo

Updated to say this event has been canceled for 2020 effective immediately. It will return in 2021

(Madison, WI): The Zoo Lights are returning to Henry Vilas Zoo in 2020. Get ready for one of Madison’s most unique holiday traditions and this is slated to be the best Zoo Lights ever! The all-new Zoo Lights experience will be brighter than ever before with brand new animal light displays.

Guests will be able to safely enjoy Zoo Lights along a one-way path throughout the Zoo.

Time + Dates

Zoo Lights is open from 5:30pm – 8:30pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between November 27 – December 27.

It takes approximately one hour to walk through the whole Zoo and see all the lights.

$10 per person | Children 3 and under are FREE ($35 for a Group 4-pack)

Covid Precautions

  • In addition to enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the Zoo, all staff working at Zoo Lights will be given temperature checks at the beginning of their shift.
  • Every individual (5 years of age or older) must wear a face covering/mask over their nose and mouth while inside the Zoo unless you are eating or drinking or have an excused medical condition.
  • Please do not come to the Zoo if you are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or if you have been in contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive.
  • Due to COVID-19 safety precautions there will be no Santa Claus visits or carousel rides during Zoo Lights this year.
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