Stone Zoo

Nov. 24 - Dec. 31, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Closed Dec.25)



ZooLights is set to once again dazzle visitors of all ages this holiday season. Stroll along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. New this year, guests can visit black bears, Smoky and Bubba in the festively decorated area around their exhibit. Stroll through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see bald eagles, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and reindeer.

Adult Non-Member: $10.00 |  Member: $9.00
Senior Non-Member: $9.00 | Member: $8.00
Child Non-Member: $8.00 | Member: $7.00
Under 2: Free
Members pay $5 per ticket on Mondays. Offer available at admissions booth only.
Groups of 10+: $9 Adult | $8 Senior |$7 Child. Please call 617-989-2000 to purchase group tickets.

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Nightly activities
  • Meet one of Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close during nightly photo opportunities.*
  • Have your photo taken with Jolly Old St. Nick in Santa's Castle through December 24. See video and pricing details below.
  • Take a moonlit spin on our carousel, Jungle Fun, Safari Jeep, and Turbo Tub rides at $3.00 per ride, or purchase a combo package of four rides for $10.00. Please note: Rides are weather dependent and, except for the carousel, for children only.
  • Member Monday Gift Shop Discount: Members receive an additional 10% discount on all gift shop purchases on Mondays. That's a 20% savings!
special events 
  • December 6, 13, 20 and 24: Meet Mrs. Claus, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • December 12: Performance by Clear Harmonies Carolers, 7:00 -7:30 p.m.
  • December 20: Performance by a cappella group, Random Chants, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • December 28: Holiday tales with Big Joe the Storyteller, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • December 31: Put on your party hats and get ready to celebrate Zoo Year's Eve with us, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Register for Holiday Hot Chocolate with the Reindeer (see below for dates and registration details).

Please note:

  • Online tickets can be used any day through December 31.
  • *Reindeer photo opportunities are subject to change at any time due to the animals’ needs and the weather.
  • ZooLights will be closed on December 25.
  • Admission discounts and coupons, including library passes, are not valid for ZooLights admission. They may be used for general Zoo admission only.

Holiday Hot Chocolate with the Reindeer

Did you know a reindeer can pull a load of up to 300 pounds? Zoo educators will share fun facts like these during your up-close encounter with these hooved heros. Sip hot cocoa, nibble on cookies, have your photo taken with the reindeer, and enjoy exclusive early entry to ZooLights at Stone Zoo. Space is limited – pre-registration is required.

  • Time: 4:15 - 5:00 p.m. (Meet outside the concession gate at 4:00 p.m.)
  • Cost (includes ZooLights admission): $20 per member participant | $25 non-members. Children under 2 free. Confirmation will be sent upon registration and is required upon arrival.
  • Program will be held outside, rain or shine, unless inclement weather cancels ZooLights, in which case, program participants will be notified in advance.
  • See below for waitlist details.

Register Today!

Please note, all dates are now full and waitlist only.

Waitlist Details
If the event is full, registrants will be placed on the waitlist. If spaces become available, groups will be contacted by phone and email. Registrants will not be removed from the waitlist until the Friday before the event date. If a waitlisted group has not been contacted by then, no spaces have become available. Please call 617-989-3742 or email education@zoonewengland.com to check on waitlist status or for any questions.

Photos with Santa!

Take a look at some previous photo sessions with Santa, and be sure to get your holiday photo with Santa at this year's ZooLights!
Pricing: Santa photo packages start at $15.00. Learn more.

Holiday Santa Photos from Photos In A Minute on Vimeo.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are reindeer photo opportunities available every night during ZooLights?
While we strive to make this unique opportunity available nightly, reindeer photo opportunities are subject to change at any time due to the animals' needs and the weather.

Can I use a discount, coupon or Stone Zoo library pass for ZooLights?
Admission discounts and coupons, including library passes, are not valid for ZooLights admission. They may be used for general Zoo admission only.

How long is Santa available? Can I purchase my photos with Santa?
Santa is available nightly through December 24 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. - he is very busy on Christmas Eve! Your professional photos with Santa will be available for an additional fee. 

Will the rides be open?
Yes, rides will be available for an additional cost (including a combo ticket option) and are subject to availability due to weather. 

If I visit during the day, can I stay for ZooLights?
Each day during ZooLights, the Zoo will close at its scheduled time of 4:00 p.m., and re-open at 5:00 p.m. for the event. Guests will be asked to exit when the Zoo closes at 4:00 p.m. so staff can set up for the evening's events. Guests are welcome to return for ZooLights at 5:00 p.m., and will need to purchase separate tickets for the event.  




Event Sponsorship
Is your company interested in sponsoring this event? Zoo New England has many different types of packages that will fit your company’s goals. Please contact Audrey Bedoucha at abedoucha@zoonewengland.com or 617-989-2692 for more information.