Baton Rouge Zoo Welcomes the Holidays with ZooLights Presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans

November 18 2020

BATON ROUGE, La.—BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo invites the community to celebrate the holidays with ZooLights - a festive evening mile-long trail through the Zoo featuring more than 50 illuminated display sculptures of animals and traditional holiday spectacles. The holiday tradition, presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans, begins November 27 continuing through December 30 -- closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Admission gates open nightly 5:30pm-8pm, grounds close at 9pm.


Visitors can enjoy special festive activities offered by Children’s Hospital New Orleans every Friday, Saturday & Sunday night during the event. These will involve holiday masks, snowflake wands and a seasonal coloring station for the kids.


“Children’s Hospital New Orleans is proud to present the 2020 BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo ZooLights,” said John R. Nickens IV, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital New Orleans. “It is our privilege to provide specialized pediatric healthcare for the children and families of Baton Rouge year-round. This holiday season we’re excited to help bring families together to celebrate the holidays, with a safe and fun ZooLights experience.”


For the third year, the Zoo will again be partnering with The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Every guest presenting a non-perishable food item during the hours of Zoolights, will receive a 50% discount from the regular admission price. All food donations will go directly to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. In 2019, nearly 4,000 pounds of food were collected during this drive.


Mike Manning, President and CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank said, “We truly appreciate the Zoo’s willingness to bring the joy of food to tables in the Baton Rouge area while sharing the joyful holiday experience of ZooLights.”


“Zoolights is a remarkable holiday tradition for the Baton Rouge community. Joining with Children’s Hospital of New Orleans & The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to provide joy and provisions during the season of giving, makes perfect sense,” said Phil Frost, Zoo Director. “The Zoo is all about families and we encourage our guests to give back and get back this holiday season through this ideal partnership.” 


During each evening, the Safari Post Gift Shop and Flamingo Café will remain open & feature special holiday treats and gift options.



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About BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including tigers, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger, Flamingo Cove, Giants of the Islands, Safari Playground, L'aquarium de Louisiane, and KidsZoo exhibits offer fun and education for all ages.

About Children’s Hospital New Orleans
Children’s Hospital New Orleans is a 222-bed, non-profit academic pediatric medical center that offers comprehensive healthcare services, including over 40 pediatric specialties, delivered just for children. With more than 400 physicians trained in more than 40 pediatric sub-specialties, Children’s offers a comprehensive array of pediatric healthcare services in Louisiana and the Gulf South. In addition to its main campus located in New Orleans, the hospital operates a network of specialty clinics across Louisiana and in Southern Mississippi, including in Covington, Baton Rouge, Alexandria and Lafayette. Children’s Hospital is a proud member of LCMC Health, a Louisiana-based, not-for-profit hospital system which also includes New Orleans East Hospital, Touro, University Medical Center New Orleans and West Jefferson Medical Center. Learn more about Specialty Care in Baton Rouge at

About Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that addresses the issue of food insecurity and hunger. We solicit, inventory, and distribute donated products to over 100 member agencies that directly serve people facing hard times. Our mission is to feed the hungry in Baton Rouge and the surrounding parishes by providing food and educational outreach through faith-based and other community partners. With community support, we have served the food insecure in our 11-parish service area for more than 30 years.