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Watch as the Zoo comes alive for 18 nights of holiday-centric fun at Wells Fargo ZooLight Safari! New this year, take a ride on the over 100 foot Yuletide Slide attraction each night near the Primate Building. Fun for all ages, ride the slide with speed, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Be amazed by all-new light displays in this transformed winter wonderland. View over one million lights, listen to holiday music and delight in festive snowfalls every night! See and listen to the new amazing 12 Days of Christmas musical light show displays, towering up to 10 feet tall. Also, guests will enter the Zoo through an all-new, nearly 30 foot tall illuminated giraffe arch.

Enjoy a ride on the Candy Cane Train, take a photo with Santa, go for a spin on the Jingle Bell Carousel, experience the thrill of the Holiday Hayride and so much more. Every night at 5pm, watch a tree lighting ceremony with an illuminating tree reaching nearly 30 feet tall by the front gate! Be sure not to miss a special appearance and photos with Santa through December 23.

To view a larger version of the Wells Fargo ZooLight Safari commercial on YouTube, click here.

*The Zoo will close at 4pm every night of Wells Fargo ZooLight Safari. Animals will not be on exhibit during the event.

zoolightsDates and Times:
December 18-23 & 26-31


Non-members: $8*
Members: FREE

Ride tickets: $3.50*
Unlimited attraction wristband: $10*

*Plus tax. The Zoo will close at 4pm each night of Wells Fargo ZooLight Safari. Animals will not be on exhibit during Wells Fargo ZooLight Safari.

Save time and energy. Purchase your Wells Fargo ZooLight Safari tickets online to skip the long ticket booth lines! Select the date you wish to attend and click here to purchase your tickets now.

Enjoy a Delicious Breakfast with Santa at the Birmingham Zoo

December 20
child with santaSanta is coming to the Birmingham Zoo! Make your reservations now for this popular holiday event. Enjoy a scrumptious scrambled egg and sausage breakfast at the Kudzoo Café followed by a visit from Ole Saint Nick himself. All children receive a special treat upon arrival. Hurry – spots fill up quickly, so register today!

To purchase tickets in advance, click here and select the date you wish to attend.


Looking for the Perfect Venue? Have your holiday party at the Birmingham Zoo!

facility rentalThe Birmingham Zoo is the perfect venue for holiday parties and features amazing and unique rental spaces. One of these spaces, the Zoo Lodge, is a rustic stone house nestled in the woods and provides a beautiful and warm venue, perfect for your holiday party. The Zoo also offers event extras including animal demonstrations, greetings and walkabouts. During special nights in December your guests can also visit Wells Fargo ZooLight Safari at the Zoo! For more information and to book your event today, please click here or call 205.397.3868.

Experience the thrill of the All-New Yuletide Slide (Weekends only before 4pm)

DSC_0075New this year, come experience the excitement of the Yuletide Slide! Fun for all ages, glide past your friends and family on this exhilarating inner tube ride of over 100 feet! Feel the blast of speed and fun on this amazing new attraction near the Primate Building!

Saturdays, 9am-4pm
Sundays, 9am-4pm

$2.50* per ride
$6* Unlimited Wristband (includes unlimited rides on slide, train, carousel and more)
*plus tax

Height Requirement:
36 inches.