"A must see Experience!"
"Beautiful! You have to see it to truly experience the magic” Kayla M.
"Such a joyful experience! The artistry was just...wow...like nothing I'd seen before! Beautiful!" Crystal R.
"Absolutely beautiful at night; like a different world. The lighting and life-size zoo animals throughout are just amazing! I think it's a family must-do this season.” Christine G.
The Festival of Illumination is a cultural and artistic expression like you have never experienced before, and beginning on November 26th, Winter Wonderland with the Festival of Illumination come together at Southwick’s Zoo to create an extraordinary and memorable holiday experience for guests of all ages!
Guests will be in immersed in the magical world of over a million dazzling holiday lights and enchanting festival lanterns. The 45-minute Drive Thru Route includes a visit to the Frozen Forest where guests may spy a few of Southwick’s Zoo’s beautiful fallow deer, Whooville to encounter the Grinch himself and the integration of the impressive and “larger than life” Festival of Illumination lanterns, showcasing a tour of the globe through the incredible artistry of handcrafted Chinese Lanterns!
After your tour and included with admission, enjoy Santa's Village. Park your car and hop on the train tram that will drop guests off at the entrance to the Village. Warm up in the Cirque de Lumination Big Top tent. Meet and greet with Santa Claus, enjoy live entertainment, cozy up by the firepits and enjoy smores, hot toddies and more.
Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Southwick’s Zoo is situated on over 200 acres, and is home to over 850 animals featuring more than 160 varied species, many of which are endangered. Family owned and operated, the Zoo is proud to be a favorite New England destination for over 50 years, and strives to provide a memorable experience for guests of all ages.