Stone Zoo

November 27 - January 4, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Closed Dec. 25)

Members and member guests: $6 Tuesday-Sunday; $4 on Member Mondays!
Non-Members: $7
Free for children under 2

Online tickets can be used any day through january 4

Purchase Tickets Purchase Member Monday Tickets

ZooLights promises to dazzle visitors of all ages this holiday season. Enter a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek, home to bald eagles, North American porcupines, Canada lynx (including three kittens born earlier this year), reindeer and arctic foxes.

  • Meet Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close during nightly photo opportunities.* Visit with Santa, who awaits your arrival in Santa’s Castle. Jolly Old St. Nick will be available for photos through Dec. 23. After visiting with Santa, enter a magical holiday world filled with fairy tale characters and dancing plush animals.
  • Don't miss a special guest appearance from Mrs. Claus on December 17 and 24, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • December 19, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., attend a book-signing of There’s a Moose on the Christmas Caboose and meet Willie the Moose in person! More
  • Listen to carols from Boston Found on December 19, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Gather round Big Joe the Storyteller, who will share festive holiday tales on December 28, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in Santa's Castle.
  • Scroll down for more ZooLights holiday happenings!

Please note:

  • *Reindeer photo opportunities are subject to change at any time due to the animals’ needs and the weather.
  • We do not accept library passes for ZooLights.
  • Rides are at an additional cost and are subject to availability due to weather.
  • No cancellations for online ticket orders.
  • ZooLights tickets do not include regular Zoo admission. Visitors do not need to purchase a general admission ticket in addition to their ZooLights tickets.

Participate in our digital scavenger hunt to win prizes!

Participate in our digital scavenger hunt, and you could win a family-four pack of tickets to Zoo New England and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” at Citi Shubert Theater on December 9 or “White Christmas the Musical” at the Citi Wang Theater on December 28!

  • Each Zoo Clue answer counts as one contest entry
  • Snap a photo of your answer. Be creative -- it can be an animal, a sign, or even you making an animal face!
  • Upload your photos to Twitter or Instagram, tag @ZooNewEngland & @CitiCenter and let us know which show you’d like to attend with either show hashtag -- #WheresRudolph or #BosWhiteChristmas.
Download Scavenger Hunt (pdf)

Photos with Santa!

Take a look at some photo sessions with Santa from last year, and be sure to get your holiday photo with Santa at this year's ZooLights!

Holiday Santa Photos from Photos In A Minute on Vimeo.

Holiday Hot Chocolate with the Reindeer: December 19

4:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Do you and your family want exclusive early entry to ZooLights? Are you looking for that perfect family photo with a reindeer for the holidays? Skip the wait, skip the lines and come enjoy hot chocolate with the reindeer!

Registrants will receive special early entry to ZooLights, hot chocolate and cookies, a special opportunity for photos with the reindeer, and time with Zoo staff to ask questions and talk about the animals.

Cost: $15 per participant for members and $20 for non-members. Children Under 2 are free.
Space is limited – pre-registration is required

Purchase Tickets, December 19


Confirmation and entrance information will be sent upon registration and is required upon arrival.

Questions about Holiday Hot Chocolate with the Reindeer? Contact our Education Department at Phone:  617-989-3742 or email education@zoonewengland.com.

*Please Note: This program will be held outside, rain or shine, unless inclement weather cancels ZooLights, in which case, program participants will be notified in advance."

Experience ZooLights (Video)