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Zoo Lights

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 enjoy special featured events each evening!

ZooLights is 4 weekends Friday - Sunday

November 30 - December 23

5-8 pm each night

$5 Binder Park Zoo Member

$6 General Public

 Wild Africa is not open for ZooLights.


Cocoa and Canvas

Make memories and support Binder Park Zoo while painting at this family-friendly event! Sip some Hot Cocoa, nibble on cookies while our artists assist you in painting our Holiday Obsessed Giraffe.

When:  December 9th and 16th

Time: Check-In opens at 2:15 pm at the zoo entrance. Painting begins at 2:30 pm in Conservation Discovery Center big room. Instruction ends at 4:30 pm. You are then able to wander and enjoy the Binder Park Zoo’s  ZooLights event.

Cost: $20 per person (adult or child) and includes admission to Zoo Lights. Pre-registration is required. Cost includes all your supplies and easy instruction of the featured art by Binder Park Zoo’s own Gabby Suggs and Pamela Carrier.  Suggested for children ages 10 and up. Cocoa, cookies, water, and coffee will be provided. Cocoa and Canvas is non-refundable.


Due to popular demand Cocoa and Canvas is sold out on December 16.


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, December 1, 8 and 15 from 5-7pm 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 holiday cookies and beverages.

Click here to register for Dinner with Santa for Saturday, December 22

Dinner with Santa is Non-Refundable.

Keeper Chat will take place at 6:30 pm during Zoo lights.  Location and Dates below

Nov 30- Snow Leopard

Dec 1- Wolves

Dec 2- R. Panda

Dec 7- Snow Leopard

Dec 8- Bears

Dec 9- Wolf

Dec 14- R. Panda

Dec 15- Snow Leopard

Dec 16- Bears

Dec 21- Wolf

Dec 22- Snow Leopard

Dec 23- R. Panda

A Moment of Magic will be in attendance at ZooLights on December 7, 8, 14 and 15 from 5-7 pm

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

3 miles south



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

3 miles south



I-94 E to exit 100

3 miles south



I-69 S to I-94 W  to exit 100

3 miles south



I-69 N to I-94 W to exit 100

3 miles south



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

3 miles south