Dec. 9 -11 & Dec. 16 - Jan. 7 Closed Christmas Day
6:00 pm. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday - Thursday
6:00 pm. to 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday
The Zoo closes at 5:00 p.m. and will re-open for ZOOLights at 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $10/Non-Members; $8/Zoo Members
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Additional costs for special activities
New This Year: ZOOLights Value Tickets!
Adults: $15/Non-Members; $12/Zoo Members
Includes train, 4D Theater, Stingray Bay and Carousel (Children 12 and under)
Celebrate the holiday season and create a family tradition admiring the sparkling lights and brilliant hues at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Fifth 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, a fairy village in the Range of the Jaguar courtesy of Rockaway Garden Center, and votives made by the students in JU's ceramics program. In addition to walking among the thousands of lights strung throughout the Zoo and listening to spirited holiday music, guests can enjoy a unique view of ZOOLights by boarding the Zoo’s lighted train (the train only runs from the back of the Zoo to the front). Guests can also enjoy carousel rides, the 4-D Theater featuring the Polar Express, marshmallow roasting, warm weather “ice” skating and more for an extra charge.
Click here for a nightly schedule of events including our special theme nights!
December 16: Lighted Stroller Parade with prizes for best decorations. Meet and sign up in Play Park at 6:30.
December 17: Tacky Sweater Party
December 18: Pajama Party
December 23: Dalton Cyr performing in the Range of the Jaguar
December 24: Mama Blue performing in the Range of the Jaguar
CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY
December 29: Star Wars Night
December 30: Super Heroes and Villains
December 31: Happily Ever After
Extras(Not included in general admission ticket price)
Train: $2/adult, $1/child (3-12)
Carousel: $1 per person (Children 12 and under only)
Stingray Bay: $1 per person
Warm Weather "Ice" Skating: $2 per person
3D Glasses: $2
Marshmallows: 4 for $1, Roasting Stick is .50 cents
S’mores Kit: $3.50 (includes marshmallows, grahams, chocolates and stick)
4-D Theater showing Polar Express: $3/members, $4/non-members
Frequently Asked Questions
What time should I get there and can I arrive by boat?
ZOOLights opens at 6:00 p.m. and closes at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday - Thursday and 10:00 p.m. on Friday & Saturday.
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. You cannot arrive by boat; the dock closes and is locked at 5:00 p.m.
What animals will be on exhibit during ZOOLights?
Many of the animals will be sleeping inside, however the stingrays, leopards, jaguars, and Lost Temple reptiles and primates will be open for guest viewing.
Is ZOOLights handicap accessible?
Most ZOOLights venues are handicap accessible; however, the Great Lawn 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”.