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BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Friday, November 24, 2023
through Saturday, December 30

November 25 - December 30

Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Admission gates open 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Zoo grounds close at 9 p.m.


  1. Adults/Teens: $5
  2. Seniors: $4
  3. Ages 2-12: $3
  4. Zoo Members: $3 per person​

We are partnering with The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank again this year! Every guest presenting a non-perishable food item during the hours of Zoolights, will receive a 50% discount from the regular admission price. All food donations will go directly to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. In 2020, just over 7,000 pounds of food were collected during this drive.


  • A trail through the Zoo
  • More than 50 illuminated display sculptures of animals and traditional holiday displays
  • A festive family activity, residents throughout the region can enjoy


ILLUMINATED SCULPTURES: Visitors will find illuminated sculptures representing animals and traditional symbols of the holidays.

GIANT SPECTACULARS: Larger-than-life displays capture the imagination of children of all ages. These displays may include: Flamingos, Giraffes, Lions, Tigers, Gorillas, Rhinos, Elephants, Alligators, Giant Santa, Giant Snowmen, Holiday Trains, Santa in Sleigh pulled by Giant Reindeer and Toy Soldiers. Displays can be up to 30 ft. tall!

ANIMATED SPECTACULARS: Animated displays add additional entertainment value to our event. The use of high-wattage, computer-controlled displays will provide exciting animation to displays.

VISITOR AMENITIES: Safari Photo Booth, Seasonal Specials from the Flamingo Cafe', Safari Post Gift Shop


Q: When is ZooLights?

A: ZooLights begins the day after Thanksgiving and ends on December 30. The Zoo is closed for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

Q: What are the hours for ZooLights?

A: Admissions are open 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Zoo grounds close at 9 p.m.

Q: Will I be able to see Zoo animals?

A: Animal viewing is limited at this event, as many of our animals are brought inside for the night. ZooLights is an evening, holiday event that does not offer the same viewing opportunities as a daytime visit.

Q: Can I walk around the entire Zoo during ZooLights?

A: No. Certain areas of the Zoo are closed for this event. For your safety, we ask that you remain on lighted, designated paths at all times.

Q: Is food available for purchase?

A: Yes. The Flamingo Cafe will be open and serving specialty holiday items in addition to the regular menu.

Q: What happens if it rains?

A: ZooLights remains open during rain. Dress appropriately for the weather. The Zoo does not issue refunds or rainchecks.

Q: Will the Safari Post Gift Shop be open?

A: Yes. The Safari Post Gift Shop will be open every night for ZooLights. The Zoo is the perfect place to do your holiday shopping!

Q: Can I bring my flashlight?

A: No. Flashlights and laser pointers are not allowed for the safety of our animals and for the courtesy of other guests. You may take photos or video without a flash.

Q: How can my business or organization get invovled in Zoolights as a sponsor?

A: Contact Randy Haddad at 225-775-3877, Extension 6220 or rhaddad@brzfoundation.org for customized options.