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


You’ll be enchanted by whimsical animal-themed displays throughout the Zoo, including a larger-than-life swan family, towering giraffes, an illuminated penguin colony, and much more.


Visit with the cool birds at Penguin & Puffin Coast and warm up in the tropics of the Monsanto Insectarium where you’ll see colorful insects from around the world. Please note these are the only animal exhibits open at night during the event.


Kids can take part in winter crafts and activities and meet costumed characters. Enjoy holiday carolers and other strolling live performances on weekend nights.


Climb aboard your favorite animal on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel. Chill out in the 4D Theater featuring “The Polar Express 4D Experience.”  Rides are free with event admission and operate weather permitting.


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 percent discount on any purchase; Zoo members receive a 20 percent discount.


The Zoo will close to the public at 4 p.m. each day of Wild Lights. Doors re-open at 5:30 p.m. for the event. For more information, visit Follow the Zoo and post photos of the event using hashtag #USBankWildLights on, SnapChat (SaintLouisZoo) and



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Wild Lights is open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates:


•         Friday-Sunday, Nov. 23-25

•         Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 28-Dec 2

•         Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 5-9

•         Monday, Dec. 10, is Sensory Night for individuals on the autism spectrum and others who may benefit from a sensory-friendly experience.

•         Nightly, Dec. 12-23


•         Nightly, Dec. 26-30




Tickets can be purchased in advance at, or at the door on nights of the event starting at 5:30 p.m. Ticket sales and event entrances will close at 8 p.m.


•         Monday-Thursday: $8/members, $9/non-members

•         Friday-Sunday: $10/members, $11/non-members

•         Sensory Night: $8/members, $9/non-members (Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.)


Children under age 2 are free. Free parking is available on Zoo parking lots during event hours.


Groups of 15 or more may receive a group rate of $8/person on weekdays and $10/person on weekends by calling in advance. To order group tickets, call (314) 646-4781. Tickets must be ordered by 11 a.m. Monday through Friday only.