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Festival of Lights & Christmas Tree Sale

November 25-December 30 | 9A-9P (lights come on at 3P) | Cosley Zoo

A winter visit to Cosley Zoo has become a favorite family tradition. Cosley Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights, an amazing selection of Christmas trees, wreaths and greenery, hot chocolate, and a unique assortment of holiday gifts in the Wild Side Gift Shop. All proceeds from this event benefit Cosley Zoo.

1. What are the zoo’s hours during the festival?
The zoo is open 9A-9P daily. The lights come on at 3P. On Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, the zoo is only open from 9A-12P and closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

2. Are concessions available?
The Coyote Concession stand is only open for hot chocolate service on weekends from 9A-9P and weekdays from 3- 9P.

3. Will the Wild Side Gift Shop be open?
Yes, the gift shop offers holiday gifts, children’s toys, logo’d apparel and a lot more.

4. What do the sales from the festival go to?
The proceeds benefit the Cosley Foundation. The 501(c)3 organization is dedicated to raising funds in support of Cosley Zoo. All purchases at the zoo are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.


While at the zoo take a stroll through the winter wonderland featuring 20,000+ twinkling lights and a herd of whimsical lighted animal figures.

The Festival of Lights and Tree Sale begins the day after Thanksgiving (11/25/2022) and continues through December 30.

Advanced reservations are not required during the Festival of Lights.  Reservations will return in January 2023.

  • Zoo Admission is free during the Festival of Lights and Tree Sale. Donations are greatly appreciated.
  • Cosley Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
  • Cosley Zoo is open 9A-12P on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

While zoo admission is free during the Festival of Lights and Tree Sales, donations are greatly appreciated.

Hot Chocolate Hours:
Available Monday-Friday 3-9P; Friday 11/25, Saturdays and Sundays 9A-9P


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Contact Margie Wilhelmi at 630-510-4984 or mwilhelmi@wheatonparks.org for partnership opportunities.


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