Holiday Lights at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary

A magical winter wonderland awaits guests at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary’s ninth annual Wild Nights and Holiday Lights event. Thousands of bright and colorful lights, sparkling ornaments and trees, lighted animal figures, and seasonal displays transform the Zoo Sanctuary with holiday spirit. The very talented technical theater students in the Folsom High School drama department created a Sierra snowscape that’s on display at the canid deck.

The new Barnyard Experience serves as the entrance to the event this year. Guests will be able to visit with barnyard animals like Gus the horse, and Rosie and Hallie the miniature donkeys. A special seat awaits Santa Claus, who will visit each night of the event through December 23. The zoo sanctuary mascot, Santa Paws, will be on hand each night to pose for photo ops. Local caroling groups and musicians provide the merry sounds of the season. The Folsom Valley Railway miniature live steam train provides special nighttime rides for kids and adults.

Wild Nights and Holiday Lights is open from 5 to 8 p.m. December 7, 8, 14-23 and 26-30 (weather permitting; heavy rains will cancel).  Admission is $7/person; ages under 2 years are free; train tickets are $5/person. On December 17, a Mascot Mashup of costumed icons from around the region will provide fun photo ops.

All proceeds from Holiday Lights benefit the zoo sanctuary animals. Tickets may be purchased online or at Fisher’s Beastro café (across from the main zoo sanctuary entrance). For more information, call 916-461-6601.