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Christmas Lights Festival, opening week

  • Date: -  
  • Location: Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Museum
    2301 Coliseum Parkway
    Montgomery, Alabama 36110
  • Introduction: See the Montgomery Zoo transformed into a Winter Wonderland displaying thousands of sparkling and twinkling lights and festive decorations at Christmas Lights Festival. Take a leisurely stroll, a brisk train ride, or see the lights from atop the Zoofari Skylift Adventure Ride.

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See the Montgomery Zoo transformed into a Winter Wonderland displaying thousands of sparkling and twinkling lights and festive decorations at Christmas Lights Festival. 
Take a leisurely stroll, a brisk train ride, or see the lights from atop the Zoofari Skylift Adventure Ride.  Visit Santa, enjoy the live nightly entertainment at the Overlook Cafe, and no winter's night would be complete without some warming hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies. 

Christmas Lights Festival has been a River Region, holiday tradition and mainstay for generations. Enjoy strolling about the Zoo enjoying the lights and sounds of the holiday season. Swing by to visit Santa and get in those last minute Christmas wishes. Purchase a membership, legacy brick paver, or animal adoption for that hard to buy for person on your gift list. Or take advantage of the awesome sales in the Gift Shop for that animal lover at home.   


Thank all of our Christmas Lights Festival sponsors

  • Cumulus Broadcasting Montgomery (WLWI 92.3, Y102, Fox 95.1 and Mix 103.3)
  • WSFA NBC-12
  • Coca Cola Montgomery
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Hodges Warehouse + Logistics

Christmas Lights Festival event hours: 
     -- 5:30pm – 9:30pm nightly
     -- last admission tickets are sold at 9pm


Christmas Lights Festival event admission fees: 

     -- Regular night time admission: $10 (ages 3 years old and older). 
               -- Admission fee includes;
                       -- entry to the Lights Festival,
                       -- stroll throughout the Zoo seeing thousands of lights and holiday displays,
                       -- visit with Santa,
                       -- and entertainment at the Overlook Cafe (entertainment TBA)
               -- Toddlers 2 years and younger are FREE. 

     -- Montgomery Zoo members: FREE
               -- Admission for members includes;
                       -- entry to the Lights Festival, 
                       -- stroll throughout the Zoo seeing thousands of lights and holiday displays, 
                       -- visit with Santa, 
                       -- and entertainment at the Overlook Cafe (entertainment TBA)
               -- Toddlers 2 years and younger are FREE. 

               -- Train ride is only included with those memberships having the train ride as part of their membership.
     -- Christmas Lights Ride Package:  (only available with paid admission or Montgomery Zoo membership entry)
               -- $10 for unlimited train and skylift rides (limited to same night)
Attention all Zoo members. During night special events like ZooBoo and Christmas Lights Festival, no GUEST PASSES are allowed for entry. Only the people listed on the membership will be allowed entry. During ZooBoo, members receive a 50% discount on admission.  During Christmas Lights Festival, members receive FREE admission; however, if their membership does not include the annual train ride pass, train rides will be an additional fee. 



Christmas Lights Festival rides and attractions
      -- Rides package: $10 for unlimited train and skylift rides (limited to same night)
      -- Train ride: $3 per person, per ride
      -- Skylift ride: $5 per person, per ride
      -- Visits with Santa: FREE
      -- Photos with Santa: $5 per photo

Early Bird Admission, visit the Zoo and Mann Museum in the afternoon and then stick around for Christmas Lights Festival that night: $25 (ages 3 years old and older). Ticket includes:
               -- Admission fee includes entry to the Lights Festival, stroll throughout the Zoo seeing thousands of lights and holiday displays, visit with Santa, and entertainment at the Overlook Cafe (entertainment TBA)

BRING YOUR GROUP TO CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FESTIVAL AND SAVE
     -- Purchase discounted group Christmas Lights Festival tickets, for groups of 20 or more. $9 per person 
     -- Purchase Christmas Lights Festival tickets only; or
     -- Early Bird Admission (DAY and NIGHT time combo admission tickets)
     -- View and download group reservation form


Additional Christmas Lights Festival activities: 

     -- Visit with Santa: FREE
     -- Keepsake picture with Santa: $5 per photo
     -- Rides package: $10 for unlimited train and skylift rides (limited to same night)
     -- Sky lift ride: $5 per ride, per person
     -- Train ride: $3 per ride, per person
     -- Petting Zoo entry: FREE
     -- Petting Zoo feed: $2 per feed pouch
     -- Entertainment at Overlook Cafe: FREE
     -- Concessions at Overlook Cafe: Prices vary
     -- Gift shop: Prices vary

Overlook Cafe hours: 
 
   -- During Christmas Lights Festival, the Overlook Cafe is open 11am - 9pm.  


Christmas Lights Festival performers and entertainment at the Overlook Cafe. 
Select nights various performers and entertainment groups will help bring in the holiday spirit with the gift of dance, song, and music.  Groups comprise of local schools, church organizations, clubs, dance troops, and local entertainment.  It is always fun, entertaining, and a great way to help usher in the joy, lights, and sounds of the holiday season.  Thank you to each of our performers. 

Date Time Group
12/5/2019 6pm Flipping the switch
7-9pm Leap of Faith Dance
12/6/2019 6pm Charlena the Soulful Psalmist
12/7/2019 7pm Montgomery Public School
12/8/2019 7pm Mt Mariah Baptist Church
12/12/2019 6pm Willie Jackson
12/13/2019 6-8pm Tammy's Academy of Dance
8pm Booker T. Washington Magnet High School
12/14/2019 6pm Steppers Choice
12/15/2019 6pm-8pm Zoo's Education Dept, live animal presentation
12/16/2019 6pm Prattville Elementary and Intermediate Schools
12/17/2019 6-9pm Leap of Faith Dance
12/18/2019 6pm Nehemiah Center
7pm MEOW Academy
12/19/2019 6-8pm Lisa's Dance Dimensions
12/20/2019 6-8pm Zoo's Education Dept, live animal presentation
12/21/2019 6-9pm Rachel and Jason Rhodes
12/22/2019 6pm Maxwell AFB Catholic Ensemble
12/24/2019 6-9pm Rachel and Jason Rhodes

     -- NOTE: The schedule may change without notice due to weather considerations.


Christmas Lights Festival volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering at Christmas Lights Festival, please contact the Zoo at (334) 625-4900, via email at zooinfo@montgomeryal.gov, or register online now.  Volunteers will help serve the Zoo at 

  • the Train Depot,
  • Santa Hut,
  • Petting Zoo, and
  • the Light Stick Table. 

IMPORTANT ANIMAL NOTE:  Christmas Lights Festival is an evening event at the Montgomery Zoo.  All zoo animals will be in their night quarters during the event.


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