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Cheers! Wild Lights

A special night for guests 21+

December 9, 2021
5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Wild Lights

As part of the Milwaukee County Zoo’s new Wild Lights, powered by We Energies, a special night will be offered Thursday, December 9, for adults 21 and over. Cheers! Wild Lights is an evening to experience a night out just for adults as the Zoo is illuminated with millions of twinkling and sparkling lights placed throughout the forests and pathways.

Enjoy an enchanted evening under the stars as the festive and frosty experience features entertainment, specialty food and adult beverages (additional cost).

Encounter bright colors and shining lights as you walk along a 1-mile path filled with animal-themed light displays and holiday decorations. It’s sure to connect participants to animals and the living earth in an inspiring new way!

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Wild LightsLuminarias and Libations

The Zoo will be transformed into a life-size snow globe complete with glowing displays, and on this special night, each of the “decked-out” areas through the Zoo will be enhanced with hundreds of luminarias! Local bands will add to the flavor as they perform near some of the warming firepits, along with ice-carving demonstrations and Wild Lights trivia, in addition to other festive fun to celebrate the season.

Libations and unique treats will be available for purchase and include: Poutine, walking tacos, chili, large pretzels, spicy nut mix, churros, caramel corn crunch and much more! The night’s signature cocktail, the Wild Wild West (a mix of liquor and cranberry juice served over ice), red and white wine, domestic and winter craft beers will be available along with spiked hot chocolate to warm guests from the inside out!

Added Attractions

  • Enjoy a crisp, winter woodland ride on the North Shore Bank Safari Train (weather depending).
  • Wild Lights for Wildlife: Drop off working and non-working lights for recycling to help wildlife! Recycling lights keeps them out of landfills – less space for landfills means more space for wildlife! Proceeds support Wisconsin’s Endangered Resources Fund.

Cheers! Wild Lights Admission

Available online or at the admission gates Dec. 9

Adult (21+): $20 – Parking is included.
Zoo Pass is not valid for this special evening.

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Some of the illuminated displays shining bright throughout the park include:

  • Wild Lights ElephantPolar Point: You’re invited to step into our dream, as our WILD night of LIGHTS starts!
  • Flamingle all the Way, sponsored by Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®: Like birds of a feather, flock together with friends and family down Flamingo Way past a flamboyance of lit flamingos.
  • Jungle Bells: Enter the world of apes and primates with Jungle Bells! Use your imagination and dream of a faraway place where these agile animals are swinging from the trees around you.
  • FantaSEA, sponsored by Mad City Windows and Baths: Dream of unknown places as you “swim” through this underwater adventure of sea creatures!
  • aROARa, sponsored by Meijer: Here you’ll dream of beauty as you walk under the dancing waves of lights of the aurora borealis.

Cheers! Wild Lights is an outdoor experience (held rain, snow, or shine), so grab your boots and mittens and enjoy the winter and (hopefully) snowy conditions! For their health and safety, animals are not viewable during Wild Lights. Food and beverages are an additional fee. The evening is an adult only experience, no admittance for guests under the age of 21.

For visitors’ continued safety, masking and physical distancing is required inside all Zoo buildings. Masks are not required outside. Hand-sanitizer stations will be located throughout the park, including entry and exit areas, restrooms and concessions. Sanitizers contain at least 60% alcohol. We’re reducing the risk for exposure by enhancing our already-stringent cleaning protocols and frequently sanitizing high-touch surfaces.

Wild Lights LionessYour visit supports the Milwaukee County Zoo – its animals, special exhibits, and conservation programs, as well as its respected place in the community. The Zoo continues to serve as a cultural asset and resource for all who visit.

For questions about Cheers! Wild Lights, powered by We Energies, please call the Zoo’s Marketing and Communications Department at 414.256.5466.