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Roger Williams Park Zoo Hosts Holiday Lights Spectacular – Zoo transforms into a sparkling winter wonderland starting November 24th!

(Updated February 6)

PROVIDENCE, RI (Oct. 16, 2023) It’s time for New England’s favorite and newest winter tradition, Holiday Lights Spectacular, at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

The event, featuring festive, larger-than-life dazzling displays, is even bigger and brighter this year with more than 3 ½ million illuminated lights that transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!

Join us and ring in the season nightly from November 24 through December 31, 2023, from 5:00-9:30 pm. Bundle up, grab an adult beverage, hot chocolate, or roast some s’mores and stroll through 40 acres of illuminated pathways.

From radiant reindeer to sparkly snowmen, this is a must-see experience this holiday season. And for the little ones, Santa will be at the Spectacular on Friday nights in December, until Christmas. The visit is free to families with a same-night ticket for the 5 or 6 pm timeslots only.

Tickets for Holiday Lights must be purchased in advance online.  

Holiday Lights will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

WEATHER POLICY – Holiday Lights Spectacular is open rain or shine. In the case of light to moderate rain or snow, the show will be open. There will be no refunds or rescheduling. Please call in advance, check the website, or visit Facebook for updates and weather policy.


Roger Williams Park Zoo is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction, and a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size. As leaders in conservation and animal care – we create engaging experiences that empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places. Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.

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