Holiday Lights Spectacular

Holiday Lights Spectacular

Take a winter stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this holiday season under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters.

Celebrate the season of giving by bringing donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats.

2022 HOLIDAY LIGHTS

5pm to 9pm

Friday – Saturday – Sunday November 18-20

Friday – Saturday – Sunday November 25-27

Friday – Saturday – Sunday December 2-4

Nightly starting
Friday, December 9th – Saturday, December 31st
(Closed December 24 & 25)

Carousel$ – Touch Tank – Face Painting$ – Reptile House – Farm – Pony Track $ – Train – Gift Shop$

 

Admission is FREE. Please consider a donation of:
non-perishable food items
new (unwrapped) toys
gently used coats

Reservations are not required.

 

This special event is set to the backdrop of some animals. The focus is on an evening stroll outdoors through light displays and photo ops with friends and family, featuring some fun seasonal activities such as a s’mores station, Grinch weekend and photos with Santa! Not all of the Zoo is open and accessible. Areas to check out to see an animal or two that are open are the Touch Tank, Reptile House and Farm.

 

Scroll Down for Specific Dates & Times for:

  • Santa
  • Sea Lion Spectacular
  • Ice Sculpture Demos
  • Grinch Weekend
  • Princess Weekend

 

Food Options

  • Café open
  • S’mores (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays only) – outside café
  • Pizza truck – by Africa Path
  • Popcorn & Hot Cocoa – by Train

 

All Zoo Rules apply during this special event which includes, but is not limited to: no pets, no smoking, visitors age 17 & under must be accompanied by a chaperone, power wheel & remote controlled devices are not permitted on grounds. For a complete list of FAQs, visit turtlebackzoo.com/zoo-rules/

 

updated as of 12/1/22

MEET & GREET WITH SANTA

(with professional photo opportunity)

Location: Gazebo

Add a visit with Santa to your holiday list! Meet & Greet is free and personal photos are allowed. Option to purchase professional photos on site. No appointments necessary.

5pm – 8:30pm

Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays
November 18 – 20
November 25 – 27
December 2 – 4
December 9 – 11

Nightly: December 16 – 23

Sea Lion Spectacular

Location: Sea Lion Sound

Enjoy a Sea Lion feeding demonstration from our Sea Lion team.

Sunday, November 20
Saturday, November 26 & Sunday, November 27
Saturday, December 3 & Sunday, December 4
Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11
Saturday, December 17 & Sunday, December 18
Saturday, December 31

Times: 5:30pm & 7pm

Ice Sculpting Demonstrations

Location: TBD

Limited Nights! Ice Carving demonstrations on Fridays in December. Watch a block of ice transform into an ice sculpture before your eyes. Demonstrations take place during our Holiday Lights Spectacular event.

Friday, December 2nd @ Zoo Amphitheater
Friday, December 9th
Friday, December 16th
Friday, December 23rd
Friday, December 30th

Time: Carving starts at 6pm

“Don’t Be A GRINCH” Weekend

Meet the Grinch! At Zoo Main Entrance

Friday, December 2 – Saturday, December 3 – Sunday, December 4

PRINCESS Holiday Weekend

Meet a Princess! At Zoo Main Entrance. Performances at 6pm and 7:30pm.

Friday, December 9 – Saturday, December 10 – Sunday, December 11

Sing-a-long with popular princess characters, Elsa, Anna, and friends. A mix of holiday songs (and princess songs) are sure to lift your holiday spirit!

 

Learn more about our princesses: Perfect Princess Parties

Featuring

Weekend Santa Visits
Train, Carousel, Reptile House, Essex Farm and Pony Rides OPEN

Schedule

Friday – Saturday – Sunday November 18-20
Friday – Saturday – Sunday November 25-27
Friday – Saturday – Sunday December 2-4
Nightly starting Friday, December 9th – Saturday, December 31st
(Closed December 24 & 25)

5pm – 9pm

Admission

FREE *Donation Recommended

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