BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo Welcomes the Holidays with ZooLights & Art Gone Wild!

November 01 2017

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo invites the community to celebrate the holidays with two great events – ZooLights and Art Gone Wild. ZooLights will run November 24 through December 30. Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Admission gates open 5:30pm-8pm, grounds close 9pm. In addition to lighted displays of peacocks, tigers and 30-foot elephants, visitors can enjoy other special holiday activities on the weekends.

These include:

  • 11/24 - Coca Cola Santa
  • 11/25 - Ornament Crafting
  • 12/1 & 12/2 - Safari Santa
  • 12/8 & 12/9 - Art Gone Wild
  • 12/15 & 12/16 - Safari Santa
  • 12/22 & 12/23 - Ornament Crafting
  • 12/23 only - Ugandan Kids Choir, performances at 6pm and 6:45pm


The Safari Post Gift Shop and Flamingo Café will remain open throughout the evening event and feature special holiday treats and gift options.

As well, the Zoo, along with Baton Rouge Parents Magazine, will present the annual Art Gone Wild contest during ZooLights. Artists of all ages and experience levels are invited to paint or draw the Zoo animals that inspire them most and submit their work for judging at the Zoo's annual ZooLights event.

Entries for Art Gone Wild are free, but submissions are limited to one per person. Artwork entered must be 2-D and drawn or painted entirely by hand. Submission categories are as follows:           

  • Alligator (Child up to 2nd Grade)
  • Eagle (Child Grades 3rd - 6th)
  • Giraffe (Child Grades 7th - 12th)
  • Tiger (All Adults)

Submissions will be on display 12/8 & 12/9 during ZooLights for visitors to vote for their favorites in person. A first, second and third place winner will be determined within each category by public vote, and an overall winner will be determined by a panel of community judges. The deadline for art submissions is November 24 and submissions can be dropped off at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo or the BREC main office on Florida Boulevard.


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