JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2020) — ZOOLights, presented by Community First Credit Union, is set to return in December for its ninth year, transforming Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens into a fantastical holiday light experience.

ZOOLights will take place from 6-9 p.m. on select nights: December 17-20, 26-31, and January 13. During this event, the animals settle down for their long winter’s nap, while the lights take center stage. The season will come alive with twinkling animal replicas, strolling performers, carolers, hot chocolate, s'mores, and ever-warming adult beverages.

A few themed areas will evoke joy and nostalgia for guests of all ages, such as Polar Village, Charles Dickens Village, and Toy Land. A kaleidoscope of color and lights will shine on 8-10 foot flamingos, penguins, fish, dolphins and more. When meandering through Range of the Jaguar, the trees have something to say. Programmed lighting synchronized to holiday music will bring Palm Plaza to life. Children can also visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, while everyone will delight in the live “Jingle Box” musical performance on the Great Lawn.

Tickets are $10 for Members and $15 for non-Members and must be purchased online, in advance at JacksonvilleZoo.org/ZOOLights. Admission includes unlimited rides on the Wildlife Carousel for children ages 12 and under.

Visits and memberships to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens support the care of over 2,000 animals and 1,000 plants. For those who cannot visit ZOOLights but would still like to support the Zoo this holiday season, an anonymous donor will match every donation made through December 1. Visit JacksonvilleZoo.org/Donate for more info.

About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

For over 100 years, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has aimed to inspire the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. Starting in 1914 with an animal collection of one red deer fawn, the Zoo now has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 species of plants, boasting the largest botanical garden in Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit organization and a portion of every ticket sold goes to the over 45 conservation initiatives Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens supports around the world, and here in NE Florida. JZG is proud to be an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information, visit jacksonvillezoo.org.


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