Holiday Magic 2016
Holiday Magic 2016
by Kai EL’ Zabar
What better place to experience the winter wonderland than the Chicago Brookfield Zoo? It’s a perfect outdoor outing for the family and especially the children. You can visit Brookfield Sunday, December 18, and Monday–Saturday, December 26–31from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Festivities Begin at 4 p.m.
See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Continue the Tradition with your family, your children.
Brookfield Zoo invites you to come celebrate its 35th Year of Chicagoland’s largest and longest Running Lights Festival
showcasing over one million twinkling LED lights. That’s right, over one million lights to delight you bringing on the Christmas spirit and bringing in the new year
If you’re returning for yet another year note that there are new polar Lights Plus a 41-Foot Talking Tree, train display, carolers, Ice carvers, and Much More! If it’s your first time then you’re in for a spectacular experience.
Holiday Magic is FREE for Members. Not a Member? Nonmembers can go the Brooklyn Field Zoo https://www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Events/Upcoming-Events/Holiday-Magic to purchase tickets.
· NEW Polar Lights show
· Wild Encounters will be open during Holiday Magic. The parakeet aviary will be closed. Wild Encounters admission will be free after 4pm.
· Photos with the Animals will take place in the ITW Animal Ambassador building. We will feature animals from Wild Encounters including alpaca, llama, reindeer and Animal Ambassadors. 5 pm to 8 pm
· A special 6:00 p.m. Dolphins in Action is back!
· Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Santa’s Workshop in Seven Seas Underwater Viewing on December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18
You can also download Holiday Magic Schedule at the website.
Many of our indoor exhibits will be open for viewing favorite animals, plus there will be Singing to the Animals (Reindeer, Big Cats, Bears) and special Zoo Chats. In addition, the zoo restaurants and food stands will be open with full menus and holiday treats, and gift shops will have hundreds of unique items for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones.
5:00pm – Crocodiles (Swamp)
5:30pm – Reptiles (Feathers & Scales)
6:00pm – Bears (GBW)
6:30pm – Lemurs (Hamill Family Play Zoo)
7:00pm – Rhinos (Pachy)
7:30pm – Big Cats (Big Cats)
Singing to Animals:
5:30pm – Reindeer (Wild Encounters)
6:30pm – Big Cats (Big Cats)
7:30pm – Bears (Great Bear Wilderness)
Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and entertainment in the Pavilions. Also on the schedule are nightly ice carving demonstrations, an amazing magic show, costumed characters, a model railroad display, and a 41 foot LED Talking Tree
Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo
Behind the Scenes Adventure!
Plan to go behind-the-scenes when you register for Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo.
You can sign up for zoo classes
Parents and young explorers can experience serious fun at one of our Family Play Classes!
There are also Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo if you’re a teacher. All you have to do is register.
Teachers can choose from a wide variety of unique courses for continuing education credit at Brookfield Zoo.
Free Admission for Military Personnel
To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, the Chicago Zoological Society is offering free admission to Brookfield Zoo to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Qualified personnel who present a valid ID at one of the zoo’s admission booths will be admitted free of charge.