Stone Zoo

Nov. 23 - Dec. 31, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Closed Dec.25)

December 14, 15, 21 and 22: ZooLights is open until 10:00 p.m. for an extra hour of holiday cheer!

ZooLights dazzles visitors of all ages each holiday season. Stroll along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. 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. New this year, visit our new Caribbean Coast exhibit set aglow for the holidays.

Choose Your Night And  SAVE When Purchasing Tickets Online!

Online Pricing:

• Monday & Tuesday: $8 Adult | $7 Child  (Best Deal!)
• Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: $10 Adult | $8 Child
• Friday & Saturday: $12 Adult | $10 Child
Child: Ages 2-12 | Children under 2 are Free!

Pricing at the Gate:

• Daily: $12.00 Adult | $10.00 Child

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Please note:

  • 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.
  • The snow leopard cubs are not on exhibit during ZooLights. Be sure to visit them during regular daytime hours, Thursday – Sunday. 

Special Events & Activities Schedule


  • 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. through December 24: Have your photo taken with Jolly Old St. Nick in Santa's Castle. Santa knows American Sign Language! See his dates below.
  • Meet one of Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close during nightly photo opportunities.*
  • Warm up with toasted s'mores by the campfire! $3/kit, located near Dino Dig.
  • 6:00 p.m.: Black Bear Zookeeper Chat
  • 6:30 p.m.: Arctic fox Zookeeper Chat
  • 7:30 p.m.: North American porcupine Zookeeper Chat
  • 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. Prices listed at admissions booths.


  • December 2 – 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Be transported to a galaxy far away on Intergalactic Night, when members of the New England Garrison and Alderaan Base dressed as characters from the Star Wars films roam the Zoo!  Full details.
  • December 3 – 6:30 p.m.: A cappella group, Boston Found
  • December 5, 12, 19 and 24, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Meet Mrs. Claus
  • December 9 – 5:30 p.m.: A cappella group, Vinyl Street
  • December 10 – 7:00 p.m.: A cappella group, Sound Off
  • December 13 – 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Ugly Sweater Party (21+ event) More
  • December 17 – 7:15 p.m.: A cappella group, Random Chants
  • December 19 – 7:00 p.m., A cappella group, Collective Measures
  • December 27, 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.: Enjoy holiday tales with Big Joe the Storyteller
  • December 28, 5:00 - 8:00: Meet the Ice Princesses! More

*Reindeer photo opportunities are subject to change at any time due to the animals’ needs and the weather.
* ASL Santa will be available on Nov. 24, 25 and Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23.

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 heroes. 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): $25 per member participant | $30 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.
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2018 Schedule:

Please note, all dates are now full and waitlist only. See below for waitlist details.

  • Friday, November 23 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Saturday, November 24 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Sunday, November 25 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Thursday, November 29 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Friday, November 30 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Saturday, December 1 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Sunday, December 2 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Thursday, December 6 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Friday, December 7 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Saturday, December 8 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Sunday, December 9 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Thursday, December 13 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Friday, December 14 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Saturday, December 15 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Sunday, December 16 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Thursday, December 20 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Friday, December 21 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Saturday, December 22 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Sunday, December 23 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Thursday, December 27 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Friday, December 28 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Saturday, December 29 Event Full/Waitlist Only
  • Sunday, December 30 Event Full/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 be removed from the waitlist up to two days before the event date. If a waitlisted group has not been contacted by then, no spaces have become available. If you have questions about the event, please feel free to contact the Education Department at education@zoonewengland.org or 617-989-3742.

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! Santa knows American Sign Language! See his dates below.
Learn more.

Holiday Santa Photos from Photos In A Minute on Vimeo.

* ASL Santa will be available on Nov. 24, 25 and Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23

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.org or 617-989-2692 for more information.