Holiday Zoolights: Stone Zoo 2021
ZooLights is set to once again dazzle visitors of all ages when it opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 19, at Stone Zoo in Stoneham.
This winter wonderland will take visitors on a one-way stroll through the Zoo, along tree-lined paths lit by twinkling lights.
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.
This year, several beautiful large-scale lantern displays will also be set up around the Zoo, helping to further create a magical experience for all.
While Santa will be too busy at the North Pole to attend ZooLights this year, visitors of all ages will delight in a wide range of holiday displays sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
The same health and safety measures in place for a daytime visit to the zoo are also in place for ZooLights.
These measures include advance online and timed ticketing for a designated day and time, guest capacity limits, one-way paths to control guest flow, clearly designated 6-foot distance markers, enhanced cleaning protocols, and more hand sanitizer stations throughout the zoo.
In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, visitors (over age 2) to the zoo are required to wear face coverings.
Advance online ticket purchase is required; tickets will not be sold at the door. For ticket information, please visit www.stonezoo.org.
Looking for more holiday lights near Boston? Visit our guide to find some fun new sparkling experiences to enjoy with friends & family this year.
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This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights.
ZooLights dazzles visitors of all ages each holiday season. Visit black bears, Smoky and Bubba in the festively decorated area around their exhibit.
Stroll through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see bald eagles, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and reindeer.
Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to meet one of Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close during the nightly photo opportunities.* Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa’s Castle.
Learn more about the Stone Zoo
*Holiday Hot Chocolate with the Reindeer
Did you know a reindeer can pull a load of up to 300 pounds? Zoo educators will share fun facts like these during your up-close encounter with these hooved heroes.
Sip hot cocoa, nibble on cookies, have your photo taken with the reindeer, and enjoy exclusive early entry to ZooLights at Stone Zoo. Space is limited – pre-registration is required.
Time: 4:15 - 5:00 p.m. (Meet outside the concession gate at 4:00 p.m.)
Cost (includes ZooLights admission): $20 per member participant | $25 non-members. Children under 2 free.
Confirmation will be sent upon registration and is required upon arrival.
Program will be held outside, rain or shine, unless inclement weather cancels ZooLights, in which case, program participants will be notified in advance.
We're Glowin' Green!
Christmas is all about conservation here at Zoo New England! We've swapped nearly all our holiday lights with energy-efficient LED bulbs. You can 'glow' green at home, too! Make the switch to LED, and look for recycling programs to dispose of your old lights the environmentally-friendly way!
Nov. 19 - Jan. 9, 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM (Last entrance will be at 8:30 p.m.)
(Closed Nov. 25 & Dec. 25)
Non-Member: $13.95 / 4-pack: $50.00 Member: $12.95 / 4-pack: $45.00
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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