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Are you interesting in sponsoring ZooLights? Contact Vicki Taft at or call (269) 979-1351 to learn more.

December 15-23, 2017, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Admission is sold at the gate
$5 per person for zoo members
$6 per person for general public
Children under the age of two enter for free

The zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with brilliant light displays, festive décor and holiday tree lane. Celebrate the season with a merry stroll through the zoo to visit winter hardy animals on exhibit, ride the carousel and enjoy featured events each evening!  

Enter to win a family four pack to see Disney’s The Lion King at Miller Auditorium on April 4, 2018, a family four pack for a one-time visit to Binder Park Zoo anytime during the 2018 season, and a pair of plush lions – a $500 value. Entry forms can be obtained at the gate with paid admission to ZooLights.  Entry boxes will be located at the Safari Gift Shop and the Binda Conservation Carousel.  One winner will be drawn at random on December 23. You must be age 18 or older to enter. 

DJ Dance Party & Ugly Sweater Contest
Thursday, Dec. 21, 5-8pm
Pro DJ will spin the tunes at this party featuring a contest where the three ugliest sweaters win prizes!
Games! Prizes! Dancing! Karaoke!  No age limit.

Dinner with Santa 
December 15, 16, 17, 22 and 23,  5:00 to 6:30
Gate opens at 4:45pm
Adults - $20 per person, Children - $15 (ages 2-10) Children under the age of two enter and dine free
Reservation  includes admission to ZooLights.

Dinner with Santa is an opportunity to make sure Santa gets your wish list and for families to share a meal together in a unique setting. Dinner begins promptly at 5pm and seating is limited. Reservations are required.
Participants check in at the gate and must show proof of purchase.

Menu includes Homestyle roast turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, sautéed green beans, dinner rolls with butter, assorted  holiday cookies, coffee, water, and lemonade

Download the
Dinner with Santa form and email to Chris Tobin or call (269) 979-1351 to check availability and make a reservation.

Zookeeper Chats 6:30 each evening:

15th- Great horned and barred owls
16th –Black bears
17th – Mexican wolves
18th - Red Panda
19th – Black bears
20th -Snow leopard
21st -Red panda
22nd - Mexican wolves
23rd- Snow leopard

Thaw your paws with hot cocoa, sweet treats or a quick meal for purchase at Beulah’s restaurant each night.

The cheerful sounds of caroling from Kalamazoo SoundBuilders  A Capella will fill the air on the 16th and 22nd!

Write and mail a letter to Santa Claus, create a holiday craft or have your photo professionally snapped with the jolly old elf himself by Melissa’s Images - $5 per 5x7.

Please note that Wild Africa is not open for ZooLights.

Sponsored by:


Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural AffairsBattle Creek Community Foundation