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Festival of Lights and Christmas Tree Sale

November 26-December 30

A winter visit to Cosley Zoo has become a favorite family tradition. Cosley Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights, an amazing selection of Christmas trees, wreaths and greenery, hot chocolate and an unique assortment of holiday gifts in the Wild Side Gift Shop.


Cosley Zoo has four varieties of trees ranging from 3’ to 12’! Wreaths, greens, and garland are also available for purchase.

While at the zoo take a stroll through the winter wonderland featuring 20,000+ twinkling lights and a herd of whimsical lighted animal figures. Also, be sure to stop in the Wild Side gift shop for a great selection of unique holiday gifts. All proceeds from this event benefit Cosley Zoo.

The Festival of Lights and Tree Sale begins the day after Thanksgiving (11/26/2021) and continues through December 30.

  • Open 9A-9P – Lights come on at 3P
  • Closed on Christmas & New Year’s Day
  • Open 9A-12P on Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve
  • Free Admission

While zoo admission is free during the Festival of Lights and Tree Sales, donations are greatly appreciated.

Hot Chocolate Hours: Monday-Friday 3-9P; Saturdays and Sundays 9A-9P

1. What are the zoo’s hours during the festival?
The zoo is open 9A-9P daily. The lights come on at 3P. On Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, the zoo is only open from 9A-12P and closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

2. Are concessions available?
The Coyote Concession stand is only open for hot chocolate service on weekends from 9A-9P and weekdays from 3- 9P.

3. Will the Wild Side Gift Shop be open?
Yes. The gift shop is open and will be monitoring capacity. The gift shop offers holiday gifts, children’s toys, logo’d apparel and a lot more.

4. What do the sales from the festival go to?
The proceeds benefit the Cosley Foundation. The 501(c)3 organization is dedicated to raising funds in support of Cosley Zoo. All purchases at the zoo are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.


To become a sponsor contact Carey Moreland at cmoreland@wheatonparks.org or 630.510.4961.


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