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ZooLight Safari presented by Wells Fargo at the Birmingham Zoo

Join us for another magical holiday season as twinkling lights illuminate the Zoo for a dazzling 19 nights!

Watch as the Birmingham Zoo comes alive for a jubilant holiday celebration at our 25th annual ZooLight Safari presented by Wells Fargo! Be amazed by enchanting illuminations and sparkling lights. Enjoy the sounds of seasonal songs and holiday classics as you delight in delicious treats and decadent desserts at the S’mores & More station! Get creative making crafts, decorating ornaments, and writing letters to Santa. Take a merry ride on the Shipt Candy Cane Train, go for a spin on the Jingle Bell Carousel, dash down the Yuletide Slide, hop on the Santa Rollers, and enjoy fun holiday themed games on Henley Park!

Guests will be captivated by the festive décor and a nearly 30 ft. tall tree of lights. Dance and sing the night away under the stars with spectacular live entertainment. Capture the joy of your loved ones in a photo with Santa at the Holiday Card Photo Op. In addition to the incredible holiday magic, ZooLight Safari will feature special nights with surprise guests and joyous performances, including Singing Santa! Start a new holiday tradition with the Birmingham Zoo during the 2018 ZooLight Safari presented by Wells Fargo!


 

WHEN
December 7 – 9
December 14 – 23
December 26 – 31
*The Zoo will CLOSE EARLY at 4:00pm every night of ZooLight Safari.

TIME
5:00 – 9:00pm

WHERE
Birmingham Zoo

PRICING
*Members  Free Admission
Non-Members  $10 Admission
Ride Tickets  $3.50 — not included with admission
Unlimited Attraction Wristband  $10 — not included with admission

PARKING
Parking at the Zoo is FREE
**Purchase a Premium Parking Space for $10 — Parking spaces must be purchased in advance. Guests must have printed parking pass in dashboard of car.

PURCHASE TICKETS!


 

ZOO GIFT SHOP
Open every night from 5:00 – 9:00pm

FOOD & BEVERAGES
S’mores & More
5:00 – 8:30pm every night @ Safari Peak
*Alcoholic Beverages Available — ages 21 up

Nourish 205 Restaurant
5:00 – 8:30pm every night with a holiday menu available @ Children’s Zoo

Wild Burger Restaurant
5:00 – 8:30pm Sunday – Thursday for snacks & drinks ONLY @ Safari Peak
5:00 – 8:30pm Friday & Saturday with a limited food menu @ Safari Peak

Side Track Snack Station
5:00 – 8:30pm every night @ train depot

WEATHER
**Weather Permitting – ZooLight Safari and all related activities are dependent on weather conditions and are subject to change.


Surprise Guests and Joyous Performances during ZooLight Safari

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS
TREE LIGHTING
December 15 –  6:00pm @ Safari Peak in Trails of Africa

ENTERTAINMENT
Singing Santa Show
6:00pm every night @ Safari Peak in Trails of Africa

Magic City Literacy Council
December 7- 9 –  Story times each night at 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm @ Henley Park
*Bring a baby or children’s book to donate to our cause, Books for Babes, and you will get ONE FREE Zoo Ride ticket per guest at the entrance! Baby books will be donated to families at UAB hospital to promote family literacy.

Santa & Showstoppers Promotions Singers
December 9

Beverly’s Dance Studio Night
December 15 –  6:00pm – 8:00pm @ Safari Peak in Trails of Africa

Bella Prima Dance Studio Night
December 18 @ Safari Peak in Trails of Africa

Blue Grass Christmas Featuring The Allen Tolbert Project
December 20

Americana Christmas Featuring Durand Robinson
December 20

Santa & Showstoppers Promotions Singers
December 23

SPECIAL GUESTS
Birmingham Children’s Theater
December 7 –  5:30pm – 7:30pm
*Characters from the current BCT productions, Peter Pan and The Snowy Day

Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen Night
December 8

Your Favorite Holiday Mouse
December 14

International Crane Foundation : Whooping Crane Mascot
December 15

Miss Alabama Night featuring 2013 Chandler Champion
December 16

Cinderella Queens
December 16

National American Miss of Alabama
December 19

Santa and Mrs. Clause Night
December 22

Miss Appalachian Valley-Greeter
December 22

International Crane Foundation : Whooping Crane Mascot
December 29

SANTA
Pictures with Santa
5:00 – 5:45pm and 7:00 – 8:45pm every night @ Safari Peak in Trails of Africa

Singing Santa Show
6:00pm every night @ Safari Peak in Trails of Africa

Santa & Showstoppers Promotions Singers
December 9
December 23

RIDES
Shipt Candy Cane Train, Jingle Bell Carousel, Yuletide Slide, & Santa Rollers
5:00 – 8:45pm every night
*all rides are an additional cost

GAMES
Mistletoe Maze, Reindeer Ring Toss, & more!
5:00 – 8:45pm every night @ Henley Park

CRAFTS
Letters to Santa
5:00 – 8:45pm Dec 7 – 23 @ Children’s Zoo

Ornaments
5:00 – 8:45pm every night @ Children’s Zoo

Holiday Sensory Bins
5:00 – 8:45pm every night @ Children’s Zoo

WEATHER
**Weather Permitting – ZooLight Safari and all related activities are dependent on weather conditions and are subject to change.


Click here for at the 2018 ZooLight Safari  press release.
Click here for at the 2018 ZooLight Safari  Entertainment & Activities press release.