Tickets on Sale for Audubon Zoo Lights Presented by Children’s Hospital
Select nights between November 23 and December 30, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale for Audubon Zoo Lights presented by Children’s Hospital, a new holiday tradition that will transform Audubon Zoo into a wild, sparkling dreamland over select nights between November 23 and December 30. Tickets can be purchased on Audubon’s website or at the Zoo front gate. For more information, please visit www.audubonnatureinstitute.org/zoo-lights.
Audubon Zoo Lights presented by Children’s Hospital will open nightly at 5:30 p.m. and close at 9:30 p.m. Admission is only $10 for Audubon members and $15 for non-members.
The signature attraction at Audubon Zoo Lights presented by Children’s Hospital will be the Wildlife Wonderland, where visitors can view larger-than-life, silk-lighted replicas of some of the Zoo’s most popular animals, including a 19-foot-by-19-foot peacock.
The event also will feature caroling, special holiday treats, and live entertainment on the Jingle Bells Stage nightly.
Audubon Zoo Lights presented by Children's Hospital will feature an array of festive, family-friendly activities. Guests can drop by the Elves Workshop crafts tent and create special messages that will be delivered to patients at Children’s Hospital, send letters to Santa at the North Pole Post, peruse the wares of local artisans in the Mistletoe Market, or drop by Fireside Tales for a children’s story time with local authors.
Other attractions include Gum Drop Hop, where guests can watch the colors change during a stroll along the lighted path; Light Brights, where guests can create their own light display; and Polar Pics, where guests can take holiday photos in a winter wonderland setting for a fee.
Refreshments will be available at the Holly Jolly Java coffee station, featuring specialty beverages from Petite Rouge Café Camionette; the Sleigh Bell Snacks food court, offering kid-friendly hot dishes, desserts, and beverages; and the Zoo’s Flamingo Café and Zoofari Café.
"The partnership between Audubon Nature Institute and Children’s Hospital has brought memorable experiences to south Louisiana families for decades, from the annual Boo at the Zoo to the 2018 Mother’s Day celebration,'' said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. 'Together, Audubon and Children’s Hospital will give yet another gift to the families of our community by creating a winter wonderland featuring festive family-fun activities under the historic oaks of Uptown.''
Audubon Zoo Lights presented by Children’s Hospital is also being sponsored by WWL-TV, IBERIABANK, and Abita Brewing Company. WWL-TV will be the official Media Partner. Through their media sponsorship, WWL-TV is continuing to demonstrate its unwavering dedication to serving the New Orleans community.
IBERIABANK is serving as the Entertainment Sponsor of Audubon Zoo Lights presented by Children’s Hospital. IBERIABANK’s generous support will provide access for underserved families to attend, bringing the New Orleans community together for this magical holiday event.
Audubon Zoo Lights presented by Children’s Hospital also provides a unique opportunity for our community to use the generosity of the holiday spirit to directly benefit animals in the wild. Between November 23 and December 30, community members can bring holiday string lights for recycling at the Zoo front gate as part of Audubon’s “Lights for Lions’’ conservation campaign.
Audubon will ensure all string lights are responsibly recycled, and all proceeds will benefit the Ruaha Carnivore Project, which helps large carnivores, like lions, in the wild by working with communities in Tanzania to reduce human-carnivore conflict and develop long-term carnivore conservation strategies. Through Audubon’s “Lights for Lions” campaign, the New Orleans community can join the fight to save lions and spread holiday cheer across the globe.
Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.