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Wild Winter Lights at the Zoo now open

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is transforming into a winter wonderland for the fifth consecutive holiday season with the return of Wild Winter Lights.  This year’s event features hundreds of dazzling displays along the holiday trail through Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Wild Winter Lights features over 1.5 million lights across holiday-themed areas including Enchanted Forest and Santa’s Workshop, where guests can take photos with Santa Claus.  For the first time ever, Wild Winter Lights will also feature two dynamic musical light shows featuring an enchanting 50-foot tree as well as a show on Waterfowl Lake.  

Guests can again experience this year’s Wild Winter Lights on foot or in their personal vehicle on select dates at the Wild Winter Lights Drive-Thru Experience.

Additional highlights of this year’s event include carousel rides, costumed characters, model train displays and ice carvers. Guests can also enjoy holiday treat offerings from Jack Frost Donuts, Kernels by Chrissie and hot chocolate as they experience the festival. 

Wild Winter Lights as well as the Wild Winter Lights Drive-Thru Experience runs from 5:30–10:30 pm on select dates now through Saturday, December 30.

Tickets are limited, and advance online reservations are strongly encouraged.  Tickets purchased in advance are $19 for members and $22 for nonmembers, or a four-pack for $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers.  Children under two are admitted for free.  Tickets for the drive-through experience must be purchased in advance and are $45 per car for Zoo members and $55 per car for nonmembers.  Reserve your spot at