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ZooLights Holiday Event Returns

ZooLights Holiday Event Returns to the Hattiesburg Zoo in 3D!

Create lasting memories with your family this Holiday season with the return of ZooLights at the Hattiesburg Zoo. During each weekend in December leading up to Christmas, the Hattiesburg Zoo will transform into a magical scene as the holiday spirit comes to life at one of Hattiesburg’s most visited family attractions.

On December 6th and 7th, 13th and 14th and 20th and 21st, guests will jump aboard the “Polar Bear Express” with a warm cup of cocoa for a magically illuminated journey throughout the Zoo in 3D! New this year, each guest will receive a pair of 3D glasses to further the enchantment of the Zoo’s twinkling light displays. ZooLights will also feature Animal Shows, Animal Encounters, a station for writing Letters to Santa and so much more. And no holiday event would be complete without an appearance by Santa Claus himself! Commemorative ZooLights t-shirts will be available for purchase at the event, along with other holiday gift items inside the Zoo’s Holiday Marketplace.

Open each night from 6-8pm, admission to ZooLights will be $10 for adults and $8 for children. Ticket price includes admission into the event, access to all ZooLights activities, unlimited rides on the “Polar Bear Express” and “Candy Cane Carousel” and 3D glasses. Guests planning to attend ZooLights are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at beginning Monday, November 18th. By purchasing tickets online, guests will avoid standing in line for tickets at the Zoo’s entrance on the nights of the event.

In addition to ZooLights, the Hattiesburg Zoo will also hold “Sunset Breakfast with Santa” at 5pm on December 6th and 7th. Guests of “Sunset Breakfast with Santa” will receive the “first glance” into the opening weekend of this year’s ZooLights event. Tickets to “Sunset Breakfast with Santa” are $25 per person and will include early entrance into ZooLights, a meal under the Flamingo Pavilion with Santa and his friends, a special holiday gift and the chance to view the illuminated Zoo on the first ride of the “Polar Bear Express” with Santa Claus. Tickets to “Sunset Breakfast with Santa” are limited and will only be available for advanced purchase online beginning Monday, November 18th at

For more information on this event, become a fan of the Hattiesburg Zoo on facebook, contact the Zoo directly at 601.545.4576 or visit online at

The Hattiesburg Zoo is a Hattiesburg Convention Commission Facility, in partnership with the City of Hattiesburg and the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission. Since 1991, the Hattiesburg Convention Commission has been developing and operating tourism-related facilities for the Hattiesburg area. For more information, visit or contact us at 601.545.4576.