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Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic

Light up the festive season with family and friends at Brookfield Zoo’s 42nd annual Holiday Magic®. Chicagoland’s longest-running lights festival returns from 3 to 9 p.m. More than two million LED lights transform the park into a winter wonderland. While strolling pathways, zoogoers can gaze up at a 41-foot-tall lit tree choreographed to seasonal tunes, stop at the 20-foot-tall orb and 3D gingerbread house to take memorable photos, walk through the 600-foot-long “Tunnel of Lights,” and more. Many of the Zoo’s animal buildings will be open as well as restaurants and gift shops offering an array of unique items for those on your holiday shopping list. (Brookfield Zoo will not open until 3 p.m. on Holiday Magic dates.) Prior to arriving, guests who prefer to park in the south lot will need to secure advanced reservations (including Brookfield Zoo members) as well as admission and parking tickets. Advanced reservations are not required for those who use the north parking lot, however, guests are encouraged to secure admission and parking online prior to their visit. For additional information, including dates, and to make online reservations, visit

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