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Special Events

Cosley Zoo hosts a variety of events every year, including the popular Run for the Animals in June and The Festival of Lights & Christmas Tree Sale in December.

Pumpkin Fest

October 1-31

Taking in the beautiful fall colors at Cosley Zoo is a must do! Come see the animals in the crisp fall air, listen to the squeals of excitement from the children conquering the straw pyramid or finding their way through the corn stalk tunnel, and take in the thousands of pumpkins scattered on the zoo’s lawn. Children’s rides are also available.

Apples, gourds, pumpkins, cider, cornstalks, and various sizes of straw bales are available to purchase. Be sure and check out the fall merchandise in the Wild Side Gift Shop, too.

  • Regular admission rates apply
  • Fee for rides

Sponsored by:

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Friday, October 27, 5:30-7P and 7-8:30P

Don’t miss this fall festival full of Halloween fun! Come dressed in costume to enjoy loads of activities. Take a stroll through our “not so scary” straw maze, a gander around the spooky pond path, meet live animals, carve or decorate a pumpkin, play games, enjoy refreshments and make crafts. Stop at various stations along the Trick or Treat Trek to collect your supply of holiday goodies. Space is limited, so register early. Non-refundable payment is due at the time of registration.

  • Pre-registration is required
  • Cosley Zoo member fees – $7 ages 3-14; $4 ages 15-adult; Free ages 2 and under
  • Non-zoo member fees -$10 ages 3-14; $5 ages 15-Adult; Free ages 2 and under

Festival of Lights and Tree Sales

November 24-December 30

A winter visit to Cosley Zoo has become a family tradition for many. Make sure it is one of yours! Cosley Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with 20,000 twinkling lights creating spectacular displays, an amazing selection of Christmas trees for you to purchase, hot chocolate, and holiday gifts. The Festival of Lights and Tree Sales begin the day after Thanksgiving (11/24/17) and continue through December 30. The zoo is open 9A-9P daily; lights come on at 3P. All proceeds support the zoo, its animals, programs and development.

  • Zoo Admissions is free during the Festival of Lights and Tree Sales. Donations are greatly appreciated.
  • Cosley Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
  • Cosley Zoo is open 9A-Noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Christmas Tree Lane

Gather together your scout group, friends, coworkers or family members to help decorate Cosley Zoo for the holidays! We provide a lit five foot tree and you provide wildlife-friendly ornaments and imagination. Trees are displayed through December. Payment is due upon reservation; trees are limited so call today!

  • $45/tree
  • Limit 35 trees
  • Trees decorating to take place November 26-December 2

Santa’s Craft Corner

Saturday Nov. 25, Dec. 2 & 9, 10A-2P

Skip the long line at the mall and visit Santa at the zoo. While you are here, make a craft or two and be sure and tour the zoo before you go. Your admission includes crafts, refreshments, and of course, a visit with the man in red himself. Santa’s Craft Corner is held in the Kiebler Room, located on the second floor of the large barn.

  • No registration required
  • Admission is $5/family
  • $3 for printed photo with Santa

Interested in sponsoring an event?

Please contact:

Margie Wilhelmi
Director of Marketing

Benefiting Cosley Zoo – Proceeds from all events support Cosley Zoo and its activities, including educational programs and wildlife conservation.