(269) 979-1351 - info@binderparkzoo.org


The zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with brilliant light displays, festive décor and plenty of “oohs and aahs”! Celebrate the season with the whole family and plan a merry visit to the zoo to see winter hardy animals on exhibit, ride the carousel and much more.



ZooLights runs four weekends Friday, Saturday and Sunday

November 29 - December 22

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm each night

$6 General Public

$5 Binder Park Zoo Member

 Please note, Wild Africa is not open for ZooLights.

Dinner with Santa


One of the most memorable experiences at ZooLights is Dinner with Santa - a traditional family style meal with the jolly old elf himself!

Saturday, November 30, December 7, 14 (sold out) and 21 from 5-6pm at the Conservation Hall of the Binda Conservation Discovery Center

Cost - $20 for adults (ages 11 and up), $15 for children (ages 2-10) and includes your admission to ZooLights.  Children under age 2 are admitted free.

Prepared by the Taste of Binder Park Zoo, dinner includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes & homemade gravy, mouth-watering macaroni & cheese, sautéed green beans, dinner rolls & butter, assorted cookies and beverages.


Dinner with Santa each Saturday November 30, December 7, 14 (sold out), 21 (sold out)

Dinner with Santa is Non-Refundable.

Cocoa and Canvas

Channel your inner artist at ZooLights to create a holiday masterpiece at Cocoa and Canvas. No experience needed and all materials are provided. Instructors will guide you step-by-step through the fun and easy process of painting. This activity is perfect for a girls’ afternoon out, family fun or any group of friends or co-workers. Two sessions of Cocoa and Canvas are scheduled in the Conservation Hall - Sunday, December 8 and Sunday, December 15, from 1:00-4:00pm. The fee of $30 per person includes all materials, admission to ZooLights, as well as tasty refreshments to help fuel your creativity. Cocoa and Canvas is recommended for ages 10 and up, pre-registration is required and tickets are non-refundable.


Click here to register for Cocoa and Canvas

cocoa and canvas art

ZooLights Date Night

Friday, December 13

New this year is ZooLights Date Night on Friday, December 13 from 5:00-8:00pm. Bring that someone special to  ZooLights  where guests  over age 21 with valid ID can enjoy two “Cheer Stations” to  purchase select Bell’s craft brews or Round Barn spiked hot cocoa and mulled wine.  Musician Grayson Barton will perform holiday tunes fireside at Beulah’s and fun “date-night” themed activities like a seed-sheet craft, and adult “mad lib” style letters to Santa add to the festivities.

Keeper Chats will take place at 6:30 pm during ZooLights.  Location and dates below

Nov 29 - Snow Leopard

Nov 30 - Wolves

Dec 1 - Red Panda

Dec 6 - Snow Leopard

Dec 7 - Bears

Dec 8 - Wolf

Dec 13 - Red Panda

Dec 14 - Snow Leopard

Dec 15 - Bears

Dec 20 - Wolf

Dec 21 - Snow Leopard

Dec 22 - Red Panda

A Moment of Magic is a nonprofit organization that allows college-age students to volunteer at children’s hospitals and social service institutions to provide creative programming. Zoo guests can visit The Western Michigan University chapter of A Moment of Magic in the Binda Conservation Carousel on November 30, December 7 and December 14 from 5:00-7:00.


Kalamazoo Sound Builders is an acapella group originating from Kalamazoo. They will be walking through the zoo filling the air with Holiday songs on December 14 at 5:00.


Binder Park Zoo takes pride in being a conservation minded organization and we would like to invite you to “Think Green” when visiting and participating in any events!  

Binder Park Zoo is located 3 miles south of I-94 exit 100


I-94 W to exit 100

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US 131 S to I-94 E t to exit 100

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I-94 E to exit 100

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I-69 S to I-94 W  to exit 100

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US 33 N to I-80 E to US 131 N to I-94 E to exit 100

3 miles south