Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic – Bright Lights. Magical Nights

One of Chicagoland’s most beloved winter attractions is Holiday Magic at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. Families have been visiting the zoo to enjoy the light displays for 41 years. Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic is Chicago’s largest and longest-running light festival.

Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic

One of the greatest aspects of Holiday Magic is that the next exhibit is never too far away so there’s always an opportunity to warm up from the cold. Additionally, Holiday magic is free for Brookfield Zoo Members.


Friday through Sunday, November 25 to 27
Wednesday through Sunday, November 30, December 1-4, 7-11, 14-18,
Monday through Saturday, December 26 to 31

Hours: 3 p.m to 9 p.m.

For Holiday Magic 2022, advance reservations are not required for North Gate Entry but are required for South Gate Entry. Reservations are made online.

Visitors can enjoy the various winter-themed events and light displays. For 2022, these include:

  • Ice skating rink
  • Tunnel of Lights
  • Game of Gnomes; a scavenger hunt for the family! Find all 27 gnomes hidden throughout the zoo. Download the guide before your visit.

Ice Carving Demonstrations

Larger Than Life Animal Displays

Dancing Trees and Light Show

41-foot Talking Tree

Gigantic Reindeer Light Displays

One-Million Twinkling LED Lights

20-foot Lit Orb Photo Op

Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic is really a great event for families. Share the magic with your loved ones for the holidays this year.

Exploring Holiday Magic with my mom.

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