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Surprise Guests and Joyous Performances during ZooLight Safari

Presented by Wells Fargo at the Birmingham Zoo

ZooLight Safari present by Wells Fargo will feature special nights with surprise guests to help spread the incredible holiday magic! Be amazed by enchanting illuminations and sparkling lights. Enjoy the sounds of seasonal songs and holiday classics as you sing along with our Singing Santa during performances at the Safari Peak. Delight in delicious treats and decadent desserts at the S’mores & More station!

Guests will be captivated by the festive décor as they join Santa and characters, for the lighting ceremony of our nearly 30 ft. tall tree of lights. 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!

Love Santa? Capture the joy of your loved ones in a photo with Santa at the Holiday Card Photo Op. Get creative making crafts, decorating ornaments, and writing letters to Santa. Dance and sing the night away under the stars with spectacular live entertainment. Start a new holiday tradition with the Birmingham Zoo during the 2018 ZooLight Safari presented by Wells Fargo!


December 15 –  6:00pm @ Safari Peak in Trails of Africa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Open every night from 5:00 – 9:00pm

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


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

5:00 – 9:00pm

Birmingham Zoo

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



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.

**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  Entertainment & Activities press release.