Thursday, August 5: Franklin Park Zoo will close at 2:30 p.m. for a private event. Boston Lights will open at 8:00 p.m. Please plan your visit accordingly!

• Please review our current Health & Safety Updates (FPZ and SZ) before your visit.
• Non-Members: Online reservations are required for admission tickets.
• Members: Advance reservations for daytime admission are not required.


Holiday Parties

Get into the holiday spirit with a little help from some wild friends! Mix, mingle and be merry alongside some of the world’s most exotic creatures right here in the city. Our special events team will work with you to customize every detail of your event, complete with all the trimmings! From festive to fanciful, our Zoos offer the perfect backdrop for your wild affair!

Suggested Venues

Venue Options

  • Tropical Forest Building (Franklin Park Zoo) - Capacity: 400 cocktail style reception
  • Animal Discovery Center (Stone Zoo)– Capacity: up to 100 cocktail style reception

Event Enhancements

  • Exclusive animal encounters
  • Photo booth
  • Themed decor
  • Face-painting
  • Zoo bucks
  • Caricature artists
  • Airbrush tattoo artists
  • S’mores station (Stone Zoo)
  • Lawn games (Stone Zoo)


From innovative new signature dishes using local ingredients, to regional favorites, our food and beverage choices are carefully selected and specially prepared to encourage and complement good times. And of course special requests are never a problem. Just ask, and our chef will work with you to create the perfect special dishes for your celebration. View full menu.

Contact Us

Event Information Request Form

For more information, contact the private functions department:

Zoo New England
1 Franklin Park Zoo
Boston, MA 02121
Phone: 617-989-2009
Fax: 617-989-2025