Wild Nights and Holiday Lights 2021

This popular annual family event returns this year with even more seasonal cheer!

  • Date: December 10-12 and 17-23

    (weather permitting; heavy rains will cancel)

  • Hours: 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Attendance Limit: 2000 Advanced or Gate tickets per night.
  • Admission: $10/person; free for children under 2.
  • Train Tickets: $5/person, with no fee for children under two years. Limited to 600 per night
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Follow Folsom Parks & Recreation on Facebook for daily event updates, ticket availability, and potential weather-related schedule changes.  Call 916-461-6601 for questions.

Friends will try to update website for any changes and/or cancellations during the event.

Folsom Zoo Sanctuary Events Holiday Lights

Celebrate the magic of the season and help support the amazing animals at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. Thousands of colorful lights decorate the grounds, buildings and animal exhibits at the zoo. An enchanted forest of beautifully decorated trees provides a colorful backdrop for photos, carolers fill the air with seasonal cheer, and zoo bear mascot Santa Paws greets guests. This event also provides a unique opportunity to see some of the zoo’s animals who are more active at night, and zoo docents are on hand to share fun facts and answer questions about the animals. Come Experience the Holiday Magic!

All proceeds from the Holiday Lights event benefit the zoo sanctuary animals.

To provide an enhanced experience for guests, admission is limited to 2,000 people per night of the event and tickets are date-specific. Train tickets are $5/person and limited to the first 600 people per night of the event and are date-specific. Admission and train rides are free for ages under 2 years.

Purchase your advance admission and train tickets online and save time. Advance tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Folsom Parks & Recreation registration counter, 48 Natoma Street (open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday).


Holiday Lights FAQ

Yes, tickets are on sale at the gate during the event each night if available. Onsite tickets will close at 7:45 PM each event night. We encourage you to pre-purchase tickets as the pre-purchased line is usually shorter to get in and with fewer nights we expect to sell out. Tickets are limited to 2,000 per event night which include onsite and online purchases.

Presale tickets are available online or in-person at the Parks & Recreation Front Counter located at 48 Natoma. Please note that the front counter is only open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 48 Natoma will be closed December 20-23. You may also purchase tickets in-person at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary Thursday – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Yes, we highly encourage you to print your tickets, but if you cannot, we can scan your tickets from your phone.

Yes, tickets are purchased for a specific night and are limited to the first 2,000 people per night.  Train tickets are limited to the first 600 people per night.

All weather cancellations will be posted by 3:30 pm for that specific night on Facebook/Instagram (@FolsomParksAndRec), WebTrac (www.webtrac.folsom.ca.us), and the City of Folsom website.

No, this is a special City of Folsom fundraising event for the Zoo and outside of regular zoo hours.

If the train is not running, it will be posted by 3:30 pm for that night if not sooner due to weather.

We encourage you to arrive before 7:45 pm to get the full experience.

Entrance closes at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are date specific. Exchanges are not offered. Tickets are non-refundable as all proceeds benefit the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary.  Refunds will only be issued if the event is canceled due to inclement weather.

This is a City of Folsom event, all proceeds from Holiday Lights benefit the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary animals.
Friends of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary membership does not apply.

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