A Million Eco-Friendly LED Lights Illuminate Palm Beach Zoo This Holiday Season

A zoo pathway illuminated by holiday lights.

Zoo Lights presented by FPL features more than one-million eco-friendly LED lights illuminating Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society this holiday season.

The light show opened Friday, Nov. 29, and the zoo will open after regular hours each Thursday through Sunday night from 6 to 10 p.m. for a wild holiday celebration featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus, treats, music and holiday charm.

“We welcome the community to Zoo Lights, and we are excited to share zoo-style holiday fun,” said Margo McKnight, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s president and CEO. “We are proud to create a new holiday tradition for families and to provide a new way to experience the zoo.”

The event is being sponsored by FPL.

“We’re pleased to partner with the Palm Beach Zoo to support Zoo Lights,” FPL Vice President Matt Valle said. “It’s a fitting way for Florida Power & Light Company to illuminate the holiday season in this special way, with energy-efficient LED lights that will brighten the zoo’s pathways.”

The east side of Palm Beach Zoo will be uniquely themed and decked in holiday spirit. From the entry through the Fountain Plaza, guests will experience North Pole Circle in red and white lighted splendor. The Florida Wetlands includes playful displays with white and pink flamingo lights, green lights for Mardi, the leucistic American alligator, and multicolor lights throughout the Bear Den. The Mayan Plaza’s giant banyan tree at the center will feature hundreds of icicle lights and a must-see special holiday 3-D display.

Just outside the café, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen sweetened by Florida Crystals will have cookie decorating, where children can help Mrs. Claus create Santa’s favorite treats. The Fountain Plaza will also be a hub for holiday family fun, including photos with Santa, a smores station, face painting and more.

Tickets for the event are $14.95 for adults and $12.95 for children. Palm Beach Zoo annual members receive special pricing. Ride sharing is encouraged. Advance tickets are available at www.palmbeachzoo.org/zoo-lights.