Photo by Roger Brandt. All photos courtesy of the Saint Louis Zoo

A wild, arctic wonderland with over 1 million twinkling holiday lights and festive family fun awaits you at U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo!

Photo by Robin Winkelman.

2020 Event Dates

Wild Lights is open from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on the following select dates:
  • Friday-Sunday, Nov. 27-29
  • Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 2-6
  • Nightly, Dec. 9-23
  • Nightly, Dec. 26-Jan. 2


Tickets; Hours
Timed-ticket reservations are required and must be purchased in advance online at Tickets are not available at the door. High demand is expected and popular dates may sell out quickly. Capacity is limited to allow for good social distancing.
Ticket prices are:
  • Monday-Thursday: $9.95/members, $10.95/non-members (ages 2+)
  • Friday-Sunday: $11.95/members, $12.95/non-members (ages 2+)
  • Free for children under age 2
Free parking is available on both Zoo parking lots during the event. The Zoo closes to the public at 4 p.m. Doors reopen at 5 p.m. for the event. Proceeds from the event help the Zoo provide the highest quality care for its animals.
The traditional Wild Lights experience has been modified and the Zoo has implemented enhanced protocols and procedures to help ensure safety and health of Zoo guests, staff and animals. All guests ages 9 and up, as well as all Zoo staff, are required to wear masks/face coverings — which must cover nose and mouth — while at the Zoo. See for up-to-date details prior to your visit.

Photo by Roger Brandt, Saint Louis Zoo

Holiday Lights & Activities

Be enchanted by whimsical animal-themed displays throughout the Zoo, including Starry Safari, Sparkling Savanna, Jungle Bell Rock and more.

Romantics can stroll through the Zoo to the Lovebirds Lookout area overlooking the lake for a beautiful view of Wild Lights.

Visit with the cool birds at Penguin & Puffin Coast. (Please note that this is the only animal exhibit open at night during the event. All other animal attractions are closed.) Look for holiday carolers and other strolling live performances on weekend nights. Climb aboard your favorite animal on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel. These attractions are free with event admission and operate weather permitting.

Food; Shopping
Roast your own campfire s’mores (available for purchase) at one of the fire pits. Enjoy dinner, snacks, hot chocolate, holiday drinks and more, available at food locations throughout the Zoo.

Shop for a variety of unique gifts at Zoo gift shops and receive a 10% discount on any purchase; Zoo members receive a 20% discount.

More Information
For more information, visit Follow the Zoo and post photos of the event using hashtags #StlZoo and #USBankWildLights on

Wild Lights is sponsored by U.S. Bank, Mid America Chevy Dealers, Prairie Farms Dairy, and 102.5 KEZK.

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