Open every day of the year
Summer Hours (March 1 – October 31)
Admissions Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Grounds close at 6 p.m.
Ages 12-64: $17
Ages 65+: $14
Ages 3-11: $12
2 and Under: Free
2016 Free Days: 11/4, 11/7, 11/17
Zoo Lights provides the perfect backdrop for holiday celebrations. Come and experience a light safari with more than 38 brilliantly-illuminated acres of lights, featuring more than 150 animated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. As part of the event rental package you will receive a private room and admission to Zoo Lights.
All facilities are located inside the Gates Education Center and are decorated for the holidays. Norgren Hall is our main indoor facility with large floor to ceiling windows and provides a spectacular view of our millions of twinkling lights. It is equipped with a sound system, IPOD access, dimmer lights and can be broken down into three separate rooms to meet your accommodations. A podium, screen, projector and microphone are available and included in your rental.
The Studios are located adjacent to the hall and are ideal for smaller gatherings. They are also decorated for the holidays and can be rented for groups from 40 to 88 people or rented for additional space to Norgren Hall. They are equipped with private bathrooms and projector screens but no additional AV. The studios may only be rented for Zoo Lights evening events.
*We offer the exclusive chance to rent out the entire Zoo for a Zoo Lights Sneak Peek! This is great for large companies that want to avoid the lines and enjoy a special private viewing of the lights before we are open to the public. Inquire about 2015 dates now.
Original Boardroom -Includes 25 admission tickets
Capacity: 25 people banquet style
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Norgren Hall (1Room) Includes 40 admission tickets
Capacity: 60 people theater style / 40 people banquet style/ 75 people cabaret style, no seating
Zoo Lights (public days only) 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. $1250
Zoo Lights Daytime 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. $750
Grasslands or Treetops Studio (1 Studio) Includes 40 admission tickets
Capacity: 30 people theatre style/40 people banquet style/60 people cabaret style, no seating
Zoo Lights (public dates only) 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. $900
Norgren Hall (2 Rooms) Includes 80 admission tickets
Capacity: 100 people theater style / 80 people banquet style/ 100 cabaret style, no seating
Zoo Lights (public dates only) 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. $2600
Zoo Lights Daytime 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. $1500
Grasslands and Treetops Studios (2 Studios) Includes 80 admission tickets
Capacity 80 people banquet style
Zoo Lights (public dates only) 5:30-9:00 p.m. $1900
Norgren Hall (All 3 rooms) Includes 200 admission tickets
Capacity: 300 people theater style / 200 people banquet style/ 500 cabaret style no, seating
Zoo Lights 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. $4000
Zoo Lights daytime 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. $2500
Norgren Hall +Studios Includes 280 admission tickets public nights/750 Sneak Peek
Capacity: 250 people theater style / 288 people banquet style/500 cabaret style, no seating
Zoo Lights 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. Sneak Peek $10,000/Public Dates $5900
Zoo Lights daytime (Does not include admission to lights) 10:00 am-2:00 pm $2500
Groups larger than 300 can utilize the entire Gates Center (Norgren Hall and studios). It is recommended that guests use the space as a warming station.