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Select Nights in November and December @ 5:00–9:00pm

Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition.

Event Tickets

$12 Adults and $10 Children ages 2–12

Children younger than 2 free.

All Riverbanks members receive one free visit with a valid membership.

Guest passes will not be accepted.

Scheduled 2019 Dates

light blue = Lights open; dark blue = Lights closed


Wednesday and Thursday Nights

Up-close Animal Encounters

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Nights

Holly Jolly Christmas Parade and performances by Chapin Theatre Company

Buy One, Get One Admission

On Lights Before Christmas tickets for the following groups* on Wednesday nights:

  • November 27 : Military
  • December 4 : College Students
  • December 11 : First Responders
  • December 18 : Teachers

*Guests will be asked to show proper ID at the ticket window to receive the discount.

Bring the kids and the camera!

Nearly one million twinkling lights.

Countless decorative images.

Holly Jolly Christmas Parade.

Animated Story Tree.

Nightly visits with Santa. (starts at 6:00pm through December 23)

Enjoy warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire.

And much more!

Hot cocoa, s’mores, and other festive foods available for purchase.

While you may spot a few night owls during Lights, most of our residents will be off-exhibit to catch some zzz’s.

Lights displays and operating schedules are subject to change without notice.

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