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ZooLights

Stone Zoo

Runs between Thanksgiving and New Years

ZooLights promises to dazzle visitors of all ages. Enter a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek, home to bald eagles, Canada lynx, reindeer and arctic foxes. Meet Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close during nightly photo opportunities.

Individual Tickets

ZooLights Ticket Prices (Please note: Online tickets can be used any day through January 3)

Save time in line: Purchase tickets online!
For express entry, purchase online:

$7 per person

Purchase Tickets Online


Ticket prices at the gate:

Monday - Thursday:

Members: $7; $4 on Member Mondays!
Non-members: $8
Free for children under 2

Friday - Sunday: 
Members: $8
Non-members: $9
Free for children under 2

No refunds for online ticket orders.

Group Tickets

Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information and to purchase group tickets, please e-mail zoolightsgroupsales@zoonewengland.com

Celebrating 20 Years with 20 Nights of Giveaways!

20YearszoolightsBeginning on December 14, the Zoo will commemorate 20 years of holiday fun by randomly selecting a lucky guest each night to receive complimentary admission and an amazing prize from organizations in the Boston area. Giveaways include items courtesy of the Boston Bruins, Hotel Commonwealth, Ocean Prime and more.

20 Years of ZooLights Magic will take place nightly from December 14 – January 3 (with the exception of December 25, when ZooLights is closed).

Follow Us!

Be sure to follow the Zoo on social media to find out what each night's prize will be!

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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!
Cost: $13.00 per 5x7 photo

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.

Are group tickets available?
Yes! Discounted group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Visit the Group Tickets section on this page for more information.

Can I use my Stone Zoo library pass for ZooLights?
Library passes are valid for general Zoo admission and are not accepted for ZooLights admission.

How long is Santa available? Can I purchase my photos with Santa?
Santa is available nightly through December 23 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 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 to the Zoo during the day are welcome to return for ZooLights that evening, and will need to purchase separate tickets for the event.