Photo courtesy of the Pat Murray Collection Fabulous lights decorate the grounds of the Lincoln Park Zoo during ZooLights. Just walking the brightly-lit grounds is an amazing experience.

Family Vacations: ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

During the holiday season, it's hard for a meerkat to get a good night's sleep when millions of tiny lights brighten the grounds of the Lincoln Park Zoo and add a festive glow. You'll see the animals with thick winter coats lolling about in the cool night air, while their less-insulated brethren remain indoors in heated enclosures.

You can take in the sights on foot or jump aboard the Holiday Express train to view the more than 100 light displays and giant illuminated animal figures located throughout the zoo. Other highlights include ice-carving demonstrations and family crafts and activities in the Kovler Lion House. Children can pay a visit to Santa in his workshop, listen to stories and music, and ride the zoo's carousel. Carolers offer entertainment during the evening, and when little zoo-goers get hungry, there are plenty of hot treats.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Address: 2200 N. Cannon Dr

Chicago, IL

Phone: 312/742-2000

Hours of Operation: Dec. - Jan. 1, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Admission: Free

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