Bundle up and take your family to Akron Zoo for their Wild Lights event! What a fun way to experience the zoo! The zoo is blanketed in Christmas lights and structures making it a magical place to visit. You’ll find Santa, ice skating, live music from carolers, costumed characters, s’mores by the fire, ice carvers, and more all season long.
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Visit Akron Zoo Wild Lights for Christmas Fun
We visited Akron Zoo for Wild Lights with my sister and her three kids. The kids had extra fun because they were with their cousins! Sometimes we like to enjoy special events like this just the four of us but other times we enjoy going with family or friends. It makes the event more memorable and a totally different experience when you go with a larger group – I highly recommend trying it both ways.
We just love getting bundled up to go to the zoo. #1 Some of the animals prefer the cold and are more active this time of year than ever. #2 The Akron Zoo is so festive, it is like entering a winter wonderland where we can all be kids! Just look at how magical it is! Every corner is like a new land to be explored! It is stunning!
Santa Land is located next to the Komodo Kingdom Cafe where you can also stop for a meal or snack! The trail to Santa is also beautifully decorated outside and inside.
Santa is a jolly guy just waiting to take his time chatting with your kids on his sleigh. Be sure to bring your camera for some great photos. Santa Claus will be waiting for your visit now through December 23rd. New this year, if you want exclusive one-on-one time with Santa before the Wild Lights event starts,get tickets for Snack with Santa for just an additional $5 to enter the Zoo at 4:15pm. Snack with Santa includes cookies and a hot beverage to get the evening started off on a sweet note.
Also new this year at Wild Lights is ice skating! For just $5, you can skate on an “ice” rink for as long as you want! We had a fantastic time trying it out. Even my baby 2 year old nephew tried it out, as you can see in the video above!
Near Komodo Kingdom Cafe is also where you can warm up by several open fires to roast S’mores. This is a unique and fun way to enjoy a tasty treat outdoors. Don’t forget the carousel too in this area.
Akron Zoo Wild Lights is from 5-9pm. If you have younger kids, you may not be able to spend the entire time, if you have older kids that can brave the weather more, then plan on spending the whole time. There is so much to see and do, especially if you plan to eat dinner there. You won’t want to miss anything or rush through it. I highly suggest inviting grandparents to join, family, or friends to make it an even more memorable experience like we did. All the cousins had such a good time exploring the zoo, visiting Santa, and ice skating together. This is how you make unforgettable childhood memories at Christmas!
Wild Lights at Akron Zoo Dates
Dec. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 and 26-30 from 5 – 9 p.m.
Tickets for Wild Lights at Akron Zoo Dates
Purchase tickets for Wild Nights at the Akron Zoo on the Akron Zoo website or at the Akron Zoo’s box office.
Akron Zoo members: Presale 24 hours in advance Adults $9, Children $6. Day-of tickets: Adults $12, Children $9
Non-Akron Zoo members: Presale 24 hours in advance Adults $12, Children $9. Day-of tickets: Adults $15, Children $11
Parking/shuttle fees are $3.
Registration is required, and tickets include admission to Wild Lights. Infants are free, but they must have a ticket to enter the zoo.
500 Edgewood Avenue