Holiday Light Spectacular

Holiday Light 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. Different themed activities featured each December weekend makes visiting extra exciting!

**Please note all the information below is for our 2019 season. Specific dates and event information for the 2020 season will be updated as the event gets closer**

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 22 – December 1
Every Night: December 6 – December 31, 2019
Closed: December 24 & 25
5pm to 9pm

Make sure you plan to see Santa as part of your Holiday Lights visit. Meet and Greet is free and personal photos are allowed. No appointments necessary. Option to purchase professional photos. Note, Santa is not here every day of our Lights!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
November 29-December 1
December 6-8
December 13-15
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday December 20-23



“Who’s Your superHERO” Weekend featuring
Batman on November 22
Spider-Man on November 23
Wonder Woman on November 24

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” Weekend featuring SANTA
November 29 – December 1

“You’re A Mean One” Weekend featuring the Grinch
December 6 – 8

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” Weekend
December 13 – 15

“Once Upon a Princess” Weekend
December 20 – 22

*further featured characters to be announced closer to weekends*



Weekend Santa Visits
Train, carousel, reptile house, aquarium, Essex Farm and pony rides OPEN


Begins Friday, November 22
5pm – 9pm
Closed 12/24 and 12/25
Ends December 31st



Turtle Back Zoo

ZOO NOW OPEN with Timed Tickets Only! Please note we are SOLD OUT for Saturday, September 26th.CLICK HERE to Reserve Zoo Tickets.