BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo Shines Bright with Zoo Lights

East Baton Rouge Parish– BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, is gearing up to illuminate the holiday season with its enchanting Zoo Lights event, proudly presented by Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health. This year, the light display will be different than years past, promising a fresh and unique experience that will dazzle and captivate visitors of all ages.

Starting on Friday, November 24 and continuing through December 30, the Baton Rouge Zoo will be aglow every night from 5:30 to 8:00 pm (closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). As the sun sets, the magic begins, with the zoo's picturesque landscape adorned in thousands of twinkling lights, creating a festive atmosphere to bring joy to you and your family’s holiday season.

Fridays and Saturdays during Zoo Lights are extra special, as jolly old St. Nick himself will be taking a break from his busy workshop to join the festivities at the Zoo’s Otter Cabin. Families are invited to meet and greet Santa Claus, share their holiday wishes, and snap a photo to capture the moment. It's the perfect opportunity for children of all ages to ensure they're on the "nice" list this year!

This year's Zoo Lights is made even brighter by the generous support of Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health, a beacon of health and well-being in our community. Their commitment to the well-being of our youngest residents aligns perfectly with the joyous spirit of the holiday season.

In addition to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health, Zoo Lights is sponsored by Visit Baton Rouge, Window World, Dependable Storage, LUBA Workers’ Comp, Gallagher, The Advocate, The Eagle 98.1, 100.7 The Tiger, and Baton Rouge Parents.

Admission Prices:

  • Adults/Teens: $5
  • Seniors (65+): $4
  • Children (ages 2-12): $3
  • Children (1 and under): Free
  • Zoo Members: $3

Special Offer: 

To spread joy to those in need during the holiday season, everyone bringing a non-perishable food item to donate to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank will receive 50% off admission.

So, bundle up, gather your loved ones, and make your way to BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo for a night of holiday enchantment at Zoo Lights for a season to remember!

For media inquiries, please contact:

Cheryl Michelet

Director of Communications

Phone: 225-272-9200 ext. 1543


About BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo:

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including tigers, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Sapo Springs, Realm of the Tiger, Giants of the Islands, Safari Playground, L'aquarium de Louisiane, and KidsZoo exhibits offer fun and education for all ages. For more information visit

About BREC:

BREC is an award-winning agency that connects people to parks and nature in East Baton Rouge Parish. It is a political subdivision of the state of Louisiana created in 1946 to develop, maintain and operate public park and recreational facilities. Throughout its 77-year history, BREC has taken seriously its responsibility to improve the health, safety, environment and quality of life for all citizens. BREC was among the first park agencies to earn national accreditation most recently earning reaccreditation for an unprecedented fifth time, meeting 150 out of 151 standards. BREC is a three-time National Gold Medal Award winner and 20-time national finalist. For more information, visit