Lights Before Christmas


Toledo Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas annual celebration has become “THE” holiday tradition in Toledo and northwest Ohio. The “Big Tree,” is an 85-foot spruce decorated with more than 35,000 energy-saving LED bulbs illuminating the night sky.

Lights Before Christmas display features over one million lights and more than 200 illuminated animal images. Other traditions continuing at Lights this year include the Ice Slide with Winter Village, ice carvings, live animal encounters and, of course, Santa. New this year is the Talking Tree that leads a short holiday sing-along and more cold weather animals than ever before. It would not be Lights without the Zoo’s famous hot chocolate, homemade fudge and baked goods!

Lights Before Christmas will run through December. The display will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve night, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Hours of operation for Lights Before Christmas are 3-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Zoo will close one hour after last admission to allow guests to finish their visit.

Come enjoy all the season has to offer at the Lights Before Christmas at your Toledo Zoo!

For more information, please visit or call 419-385-4040.