Holiday Nights illuminate ZooMontana

Annual extravaganza nominated for USA Today’s 10 Best Zoo Lights

New & Notable

Returning to Billings in 2023, Holiday Nights illuminates ZooMontana from 5-9 p.m. through Jan. 1 with more than 10 million lights, large-scale displays, garlands and festive décor.

Santa is captured in a lighted ornament at Holiday Nights in Billings.
Santa is captured in a lighted ornament at Holiday Nights in Billings.

This year’s event includes two new areas – Winter Wonderland and Christmas at the Farm – in addition to eight large light displays from last year, theme nights, a community stage on Fridays and Saturdays and crafts with Mrs. Claus on Sundays. S’mores tents, community fire pits, inquisitive elves and a light show map and sticker hunt add to the fun.

The walk-through light show is open Thursdays to Sundays, through Dec. 24, and nightly, Dec. 26-Jan. 1.
Holiday Nights was recently nominated for USA Today’s 10 Best Zoo Lights of 2023. This nomination comes at the start of its second year, and serves as a testament to the event’s growing popularity and warm reception among guests.

Each year, USA Today’s 10 Best Zoo Lights selects the most enchanting and captivating light displays across the country, inviting participants to cast their votes for the best of the best.
Visitors are encouraged to cast their vote for the event online – no personal information or email address is required. But hurry – voting closes Nov. 29.

The other nominees are located in Bronx, New York; Indianapolis, Indiana; Dallas, Texas; Colorado Springs, Colorado; San Diego, California; Toledo, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Oklahoma City, OK; Cincinnati, Ohio; St. Louis, Missouri; Royal Oak, Michigan; Columbia, South Carolina; Seattle, Washington; Powell, Ohio; Palm Desert, California; San Antonio, Texas; Miami, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and Washington D.C.

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