BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo welcomes the holiday season with ZooLights


Photo courtesy of the Baton Rouge Zoo’s website.

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo invites the community to celebrate the holiday season with ZooLights, a one mile-long trail through the zoo that features more than 50 illuminated displays of animals and traditional holiday figures.

The holiday tradition begins November 29, continues through December 30 and will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission gates will be open from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., and grounds close at 9 p.m.

The Zoo will partner with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for the second time, and guests who present non-perishable food items during the hours of ZooLights will receive a 50% discount on zoo admission. All donations will go directly to the food bank.

“Joining with The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to provide food donations and replenish their provisions during the season of giving makes perfect sense,” Zoo Director Phil Frost said. “The Zoo is about families, and we encourage our guests to give back and get back this holiday season through this ideal partnership.”

Last year, 3,302 pounds of food were collected during this drive, and the Zoo’s goal this year is to collect 4,000 pounds of nonperishable food.

“We truly appreciate the Zoo’s willingness to bring the joy of food to tables in the Baton Rouge area while sharing the joyful holiday experience of ZooLights,” Mike Manning, the president and CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, said.

During each evening, the Safari Post Gift Shop and Flamingo Café will remain open and will feature special holiday treats and gift options.

For more information on ZooLights, visit

Visitors can participate in other holiday activities on the following dates: Coca Cola Santa Visit on November 29; Ornament Crafting on November 30; Safari Santa on December 6-7; Art Gone Wild on December 13-14; and Ornament Crafting on December 20-21.

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