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Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo

December 31 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until January 1, 2023

**Admission to the Zoo, or Zoo membership required**
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 5pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday: 5pm-10pm.
Central Ohio’s favorite family holiday tradition starts on Friday, November 18, and continues through Sunday, January 1, 2023. Wildlights is included with the price of general admission or a Zoo membership. Wildlights is closed Thanksgiving Day (November 24), Christmas Eve (December 24), and Christmas Day (December 25).
Things to do:
Jolliest of Holidays Craft Beer Celebration
On select Wildlights nights, guests will have the opportunity to sample over 50 craft beers, ciders, and seltzers from six sampling locations throughout the Zoo. Guests at least 21 years of age may purchase full-size or tasting size portions or a tasting card, valid for five tasting-size pours of their choice.
Holiday Magic Animated Light Display
Experience Holiday Magic, a spectacular display of light set to festive songs that will bring out the holiday spirit in everyone. Located at Conservation Lake.
Sounds of the Season
Local choral, band, and other musical groups from schools and other organizations will share their musical talents with our guests at Wildlights, efficiently powered by @AEPOhio, on select nights at 7 p.m.
Rudolph 4-D Experience
Experience an extraordinary adventure this Wildlights, efficiently powered by AEP Ohio season with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D. Join Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, and their friends on this epic adventure that uses the same stop-motion animation as the beloved television classic to deliver a visually brilliant experience true to the store that has charmed audiences for generations.
Santa Experience
During Wildlights, efficiently powered by AEP Ohio, guests will have the ability to talk with Santa and then get a photo of themselves near the jolly ol’ elf himself. There is no cost to see Santa, but if you would like to purchase photos taken during the experience, you may do so at the end for an additional charge. The Santa Experience is located in the Polar Frontier Region at the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost. Reservations for this experience are accepted and encouraged.
12 Days of Wildlights Train Ride
During Wildlights, efficiently powered by AEP Ohio, experience the 12 Days of Christmas in a new light and hop aboard this magical train ride.
*Cost is $2 per ride (per person). The ride is subject to weather and mechanical conditions.
Jingle Jam, presented Nationwide
During your upcoming visit to Wildlights, efficiently powered by AEP Ohio, walk over to Shores Play Park in the Zoo’s Shores & Aquarium region to see Jingle Jam!
This animated light display includes 36 spheres of light that illuminate Shores Play Park with six seasonal tunes.
Sparkling Spruce, presented by Diamond Cellar
Wildlights, efficiently powered by AEP Ohio, is jam-packed with exciting attractions, including the Sparkling Spruce. Located in the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Adventure Cove region, this 42-foot-tall tree displays two alternating animated light shows.
S’mores Experience
Our S’mores Experience is back at Wildlights, efficiently powered by @AEPOhio. Gather around a glowing fire to roast a giant marshmallow and enjoy this favorite holiday treat while creating holiday memories.
Character Cottage
There is no place like home for the holidays! While at Wildlights, efficiently powered by @AEPOhio, visit your Character Ambassador friends at their cottage. Join the fun of the Jingle Jamboree with the Oak Ridge Bears, our animated polar bear band.
Camel Rides
🐫Even though Heart of Africa is closed for the winter, the camels have decided to stick around and be part of Wildlights, efficiently powered by @AEPOhio. Camel rides are $7 per person and are subject to weather conditions.


December 31
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Columbus Zoo
4850 Powell Rd.
Powell, OH 43065 United States
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