Holiday Zoolights: Stone Zoo 2023
ZooLights is set to once again dazzle visitors of all ages when it opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 17, at Stone Zoo in Stoneham.
Enter a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights spanning Stone Zoo's 26 acres.
Take a sparkling stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek, home to black bears, Canada lynx, reindeer and more. This year's event promises to enchant visitors of all ages with more twinkling lights and festive cheer.
Reserve a special 'Santa Experience' on select nights (advance registration required, see tickets below), and meet Mrs. Claus as she strolls throughout the Zoo on select Tuesday and Thursday evenings – and on Christmas Eve!
Spanning the 26 acres of Stone Zoo, visitors will walk through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes, and even reindeer!
Instagrammable opportunities abound, with hundreds of thousands of holiday lights creating the perfect backdrops for photos.
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Nov. 17 - Jan. 7, 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM (Last entrance will be at 8:30 p.m.)
(Closed Nov. 25 & Dec. 25)
149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA map
Phone: (617) 541-5466
149 Pond Street
Stoneham, MA 02180
Fantastic experienceWhat a great experience to walk around the zoo covered in Christmas lights, meet the reindeer and visit Santa's Castle. Our family visited on Christmas Eve and absolutely loved it - it totally put us in the mood for Christmas! Thanks so much Stone Zoo, and keep up the good work!
Nice to visit the Zoo in the winter recommeded family funWe took our 2.5 year old and 5 year old and they loved it from the minute we pulled up and saw the illumination of all the lights. Get there early and dress warm (we bundled in snow/ski pants, jackets, hats and gloves) and were comfortable for over 1.5 hours walking around outside in 36 degrees. We rode the carousel and had a photo with a reindeer. The kids didn't want to leave. It is reasonably priced to get in but everything is extra. $2 each for the rides,$5 suggested donation for the photos with the reindeer and $12 for a photo with Santa, plus drinks and fried dough and cotton candy. Also, be prepared to wait in lines-to park, get in, to see the animals, to see Santa, to get on the rides and to get out. With all that being said, it is a great annual family event for all ages.
HOLIDAY TREEWHAT is a 'holiday' tree? a CHRISTMAS tree, maybe?? weird..
ZoolightsMy 1 and 2 year old sons enjoyed it, we lucked out on Friday's warm weather. the displays were nice but there were some that looked scary to me and my dh, such as the big bear that turns his head and blinks his eyes open and shut.... some other dolls were scary looking too.
Stone ZooMy 3 and 4 year old enjoyed the walk around. It was great that it was just a short walk as it was a very cold night but got the kids into the christmas spirit. Appreciated that it was not too pricey as so many events are. Will definately go back next year
Absolutely WonderfulAbsolutely Wonderful. My children ages 3 & 6 loved the lights. A very nice way to get into the holiday spirit. Also, it doesn't take long to walk through, so a good way to spend an hour or so.
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