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Lights Before Christmas

Lights Before Christmas

Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
2 Hippo Way
Toledo, OH 43609

Friday, November 17 - Sunday, December 31, 2023 | See Times Below

Mon – Thu open 3-8 p.m., Zoo closes at 9 p.m.
Fri – Sun open 3-9 p.m., Zoo closes at 10 p.m.

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Fri, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Gardens

Open 3 – 8 p.m., park closes at 9 p.m.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Open 3 – 9 p.m., park closes at 10 p.m.

New Year’s Eve
Open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., park closes at 10 p.m.

With over one million lights, the award-winning Big Tree and 200+ illuminated animal images, the 2022 edition of the electrical spectacle is sure to be both merry and bright!

The annual Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium, voted Best Zoo Lights two years in a row by USA Today Readers, will once again dazzle visitors beginning Friday, Nov. 23 through Dec. 31. The Toledo Zoo is once again in the running for the 2018 USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Contest among 20 other amazing zoos from across the country. That speaks volumes to the commitment our zoo has in bringing visitors the best darned lights show in the land.

Make sure to reserve tickets in advance!


Ice Slide / $3
Fly down on your own personal inner tube!

Carousel / $3
Indoor African Animal Carousel

Ice Carving Demo / free with admission
Thursdays in Dec. at 6 p.m. in Main Plaza

Holly Jolly Express / $3
Holiday train ride through Africa!
Fri., Sat., Sun. only, weather permitting
Sponsored by The Toledo Clinic

Swanton Model Train Railroad Club / free with admission
Starting 5 p.m. daily in the Café
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

H.O.O.V.E.S., an equine program benefiting Veterans, will be presenting their miniature horses in the Amphitheatre on the following Tuesdays & Saturdays from 4-7 p.m.:
Nov. 22, 26 & 29
Dec. 6, 10, 13, 17 & 20

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