2nd Annual ZOOLights
December 13-31, Closed Christmas Day
Monday - Thursday: 6:30 pm. To 9:30 p.m.
Friday through Sunday: 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Please note: The Zoo closes at 5:00 p.m. and will re-open for ZOOLights at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $10/Non-Members; $8/Members
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Celebrate the holiday season and create a family tradition admiring the sparkling lights and brilliant hues at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Second Annual ZOOLights event. Thousands of LED lights will transform the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. Guests will have the opportunity to view sculptures and performances by local artists including students at UNF and JU, yarn bombing by Yarn Bomb Jax, and a train display by the First Coast Model Railroad Society in our Discovery Center in Play Park. In addition to walking among the thousands of lights strung throughout the Zoo, guests can enjoy a unique view of ZOOLights by boarding the Zoo’s lighted train. Guests can also enjoy carousel rides, the 4-D Theater Ride featuring the Polar Express, marshmallow roasting, warm weather “ice” skating and more!
Extras(Not included in ticket price)
Train: $2/adult, $1/child (3-12)
Carousel: $1 per person
Stingray Bay: $1 per person
4-D Theater: $3/members, $4/non-members
“Warm Weather” Ice Skating: $4/members, $5/non-members
Glow sticks: $2 per glow stick
3D Glasses: $2
Click herefor a schedule of nightly entertainment at ZOOLights.
Frequently Asked Questions
What time should I get there?
ZOOLights opens at 6:30 p.m. and closes at 9:30 p.m. on Monday-Friday and 10:00 p.m. on Friday-Sunday.
The gates for ZOOLights will close 1 hour prior to the stated closing time. The last Train will run 30 minutes prior to closing. Activity lines will also close at this time.
What animals will be on exhibit during ZOOLights?
Many of the animals will be sleeping inside, however the giraffes, jaguars, and Lost Temple reptiles and primates will be open for guest viewing.
Is ZOOLights handicap accessible?
All ZOOLights venues are handicap accessible; however, the bouncy house at the Fairground area may not be appropriate for some guests.
I am buying a ticket online. Where do I select the date I want to attend ZOOLights?
Tickets are good for any one night of ZOOLights. You do not have to select a specific date when purchasing your ticket.
Are skates included in the price of “warm weather” ice skating?
Yes! Skates are included in price of ice skating. Socks will be available for purchase at the rink. Each skating ticket is good for 15 minutes on the “ice”.
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