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Zoo Lights

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Friday, November 24, 2023
through Saturday, December 30

Please join us this year for an all-new Zoo Lights, presented by Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health. Zoo Lights is open from November 24 to December 30 and closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

Admission gates open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and grounds close at 9:00 p.m.


  • Adults/Teens: $5
  • Seniors: $4
  • Children (2-12): $3
  • Children (1 and under): Free
  • 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 Zoo Lights 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.

Come to the zoo to enjoy a trail of thousands of dazzling lights around the zoo for a cherished family holiday tradition in Baton Rouge.

On Fridays and Saturdays before Christmas, Zoo Lights will feature visits from Santa Claus at the Otter Cabin!


Q: When is Zoo Lights?

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 Zoo Lights?

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. Zoo Lights 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 Zoo Lights?

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: Zoo Lights 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 Zoo Lights. 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 videos without a flash.

Q: How can my business or organization get involved in Zoo Lights as a sponsor?

A: Contact Rhonda Ruffino at 225-775-3877, Extension 6220 or rhonda.ruffino@brzfoundation.org for options.

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