About Winter Wonderland

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Winter Wonderland has been a popular annual tradition at Southwick's Zoo for a number of years.    This year, with the introduction of the Festival of Illumination, Southwick's Zoo has brought these two amazing events together for a spectacular new holiday tradition.  Beginning November 26, 2021 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!  Included with admission, enjoy Santa's Village.  Winter Wonderland with the Festival of Illumination will run through to January 2, 2022. 

Santa’s Village is also included in the drive thru admission.  Park your vehicle, either before or after your drive thru tour, and stroll through Santa's Village where you can meet Santa Claus himself and take a pic with your favorite holiday character!  Visitors can take in a live show at the Cirque de Lumination big top tent, an entertaining experience for the whole family.  Concessions will be available at Santa's Village, where you can warm up with a hot toddy and a snack by one of the fire pits.  Santa's Village closes at 9:00pm. 


If you have a drive thru ticket booked for 7:30pm or later we suggest visiting the village before your tour.  Santa's last visit is December 24th.  He will be very busy on December 25th and will be on vacation thereafter. 

Winter Wonderland with the Festival of Illumination visitors can stop by the Purple Peacock Gift Shop for holiday shopping, in addition to the many beautiful gift ideas, look for the special weekly and daily promotions. Free in-store gift wrapping is offered.  


Galliford's Restaurant and Tavern, located at Southwick's Zoo, will be open during the event offering delicious holiday themed specials.  Reservations are strongly recommended.  www.gallifords.com 


Ticket Information


Winter Wonderland admission is only available per vehicle. $60 per car.
Admission includes the Winter Wonderland and Festival of Illumination Drive Thru and Santa’s Village.

Admission must be purchased in advance online and will not be available at the door as we are limited to how many cars can visit each night.

Santa’s Village Hours:

Weekdays: 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Weekends: 5:30pm – 10:00pm

December 24 is the final day that Santa will be at Winter Wonderland and the Festival of Illumination.  If you purchase a ticket for a later Drive Thru time, consider arriving early enough to enjoy the Santa's Village area before your Drive Thru tour.


All guests entering Southwick’s Zoo are doing so at their own risk. Southwick’s Zoo will not be held responsible for injuries or damage to vehicles including but not limited to poor weather conditions, road condition, other vehicles, etc. Please review all rules and guidelines before purchasing your ticket.