Cosley Zoo’s annual Festival of Lights and Tree Sale

Cosley Zoo's Festival of Lights and Tree Sale
Advance Tickets Required


Cosley Zoo’s annual Festival of Lights and Tree Sale is a tradition for many families

Visitors can stroll through animal-themed light displays and trees decorated by local families, businesses and organizations, as well as shop for trees, wreaths and decorations to deck their own halls.

The festival began the day after Thanksgiving and runs through Dec. 30. The Wheaton zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the Christmas lights coming on at 3 p.m.

Admission is free, but timed entry reservations are required at cosleyzoo.org. Face coverings should be worn by all zoo visitors over the age of 2 when at least 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained between non-household groups.

“2020 marks the 37th anniversary of the Festival of Lights, which has become a cherished holiday tradition for countless families. We feel tremendously fortunate to be able to add to the holiday spirit for so many people,” said Sue Wahlgren, director of Cosley Zoo.

Guests can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while choosing a tree from a wide selection of Fraser firs, Canaan firs, Douglas firs or Scotch pines.

The Wild Side Gift Shop will be stocked with a variety of unique gifts, including children’s puzzles, games, holiday ornaments and more.

The Festival of Lights is one of Cosley Zoo’s largest fundraisers each year. All of the profits from the sale of trees benefit the zoo’s conservation and educational efforts, as well as exhibit development and animal care.

Cosley Zoo will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and open from 9 a.m. to noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Call (630) 665-5534 for details. Follow www.facebook.com/cosleyzoo or www.instagram.com/cosleyzoo/.