Holiday Lights

Annual family event returns this December

Folsom, Calif.- This annual family event returns for the 11th year with its popular seasonal cheer! Thousands of bright and colorful lights, sparkling ornaments and trees, lighted animal figures, and displays transform the zoo sanctuary with holiday spirit. Local caroling groups and musicians provide the merry sounds of the season, and the Folsom Valley Railway miniature train provides special nighttime rides.

Wild Nights and Holiday Lights is open from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. December 10-12 and December 17-23 (weather permitting; heavy rains will cancel). All proceeds from the event benefit the zoo sanctuary animals.

What’s New

New this year: to provide an enhanced experience for guests, admission and train rides are limited each night of the event and tickets for both are date-specific. Event admission is $10/person and train tickets are $5/person; admission and train rides are free for ages under 2 years. Due to the limited number of admissions, advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.

Advance ticket sales begin Friday, November 5 – purchase online at Advance tickets may also be purchased at the Folsom Parks & Recreation registration counter, 48 Natoma Street (open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday). Follow for daily event updates, ticket availability, and potential weather-related schedule changes. Call 916-461-6601 for questions.

Folsom Zoo Sanctuary

Established in 1963 to provide a safe haven for a bear cub named Smokey, who was orphaned and burned in a forest fire, the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary now provides a safe haven for dozens of rescued wild and domestic animals. It is located at 403 Stafford Street in Folsom City Lions Park.