Stone Zoo

Nov. 25-Jan.1, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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 and reindeer.

See full schedule of special events and activities below.


  • $8 Members | $9 Non-Members (Children under 2 are free)
  • $5 "Member Monday" rate for members attending on Monday evenings- purchase at Admissions booth
  • Group Rate: Save $1/ticket for groups of 10+
  • Members receive an additional 10% discount on all gift shop purchases on Mondays. That's a 20% savings! Learn more about becoming a member.
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Special Events & Activities Schedule


  • Meet one of Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close during nightly photo opportunities.*
  • Have your photo taken with Jolly Old St. Nick (see video below) in Santa's Castle through December 23.
  • Register for Holiday Hot Chocolate with the Reindeer (see below for dates and registration details.
  • Enjoy 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.


  • December 6, 13, 20 and 24: Meet Mrs. Claus from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • December 15, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.: Music from 15-year-old Indie Folk singer/songwriter, Amanda LaCoy
  • December 28, 6:00 p.m.: Storytime with Big Joe the Storyteller in Santa's Castle

Holiday Hot Chocolate with the Reindeer

Registrants 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.

  • Time: 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 per participant for members and $20 for non-members. Children Under 2 are free. Fee includes ZooLights admission.
  • Space is limited – pre-registration is required.
  • Confirmation and entrance information will be sent upon registration and is required upon arrival.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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THANK YOU to Starbucks of Melrose for the generous donation of delicious hot chocolate!

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 $14.00. 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 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 (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 to the Zoo during the day are welcome to return for ZooLights that evening, and will need to purchase separate tickets for the event.  


Please note:

  • Online tickets can be used any day through January 1.
  • *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.