Winter Wonderland and the Festival of Illumination
November 12, 2022 to December 31, 2022
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, & December 25th
Welcome to Winter Wonderland! Take a magical journey through Southwick’s Zoo with friends and family to view spectacular holiday lights and lanterns!
Our annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Spectacular is back! Experience the holiday lighting amazement of Winter Wonderland, a festive tradition enjoyed by guests of all ages at Southwick’s Zoo. New England’s premier lighting showcase expands as two amazing events come together: Winter Wonderland and the Festival of Illumination.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question that you do not see answered below, please email [email protected].
Do I need to purchase tickets online? Can I purchase tickets at the door?
Winter Wonderland and the Festival of Illumination guests can purchase tickets online or at the entrance.
I have unused zoo admission tickets. Can I use them to visit Winter Wonderland and the Festival of Illumination?
Zoo admission tickets cannot be used for Winter Wonderland celebrating the Festival of Illumination. Winter Wonderland requires its own separate ticket purchased either online or in person. There is not an EARTH Member discount for Winter Wonderland and the Festival of Illumination admission.
Can I show my ticket on my phone?
You can show your ticket on your phone, however, for faster entry, we strongly recommend printing your ticket out.
What happens if it rains or snows? Can I reschedule my ticket if needed?
If you need to reschedule your ticket, please email [email protected] and include: 1.) your Reservation ID number, 2.) your original ticket date and time, and 3.) your new desired ticket date and time.
You may also reach our Guest Services calling 1-800-258-9182 ext 211. If you call outside of hours of operation or are unable to reach a zoo employee, please leave a message, and Guest Services will return your call when available.
What can I expect at Winter Wonderland and the Festival of Illumination?
Guests can expect to have a magical night with friends & family during Winter Wonderland and the Festival of Illumination! Guests will encounter over a million dazzling lights as well as breathtaking hand-crafted lantern displays.
Will the gift shop be open?
Yes, the Purple Peacock Gift Shop will be open for holiday shopping!
Will there be food available to purchase?
Yes! The Kringle Café is open for concessions and special bakery items. Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern will also be open for on-site dining and takeout. Visit www.gallifords.com for current hours and menus.
Will I see any animals?
Most animals are moved indoors and off exhibit during the winter, and the focus of Winter Wonderland is holiday lights and displays. Animals that are not moved off exhibit have the option to go indoors at anytime and some may be kept indoors in the event of very cold temperatures or snow. As this is a winter and nighttime event, we cannot guarantee what animals will be outside and viewable during Winter Wonderland.
Can I bring my pets?
Pets are not allowed onto zoo grounds, so they CANNOT be brought to Winter Wonderland. The only exception is service dogs.