Glow Wild at the Zoo

The Birmingham Zoo’s Glow Wild: See Animals in a Whole New Light!

Just in time for family holiday fun and to get rid of your cold winter blues, the Birmingham Zoo’s Glow Wild exhibit has something that will help take the chill off and warm your heart. Come see a 200-ft dragon, and watch it glow in awe-inspiring colors as it spreads its wings over your head. Or maybe you’d rather see the beautiful phoenix fly above you?

Lights, lanterns, and rides galore! Birmingham Zoo will be lit up with jaw-dropping wild animal and sea life lantern creations this winter on any given night in November, January, and December from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. You can also take a wild ride on the Red Diamond Radiant Express Train or spin the Protective Life Jingle Bell Carousel— the world is yours!

Purchase Tickets to Glow Wild 2022

Birmingham Zoo’s Glow Wild Event Details

November 16 – January 26, 2023
5:00 – 9:00 PM

Holiday Hours

Monday, December 19
Tuesday, December 20
Monday, December 26
Tuesday, December 27

Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 24)
Christmas Eve (Saturday, December 24)
Christmas Day (Sunday, December 25)


Adult: $18.95
Child (ages 2-12): $11.95
Infant: Free
MEMBER – Adult: $18.95
MEMBER – Child (ages 2-17): $11.95

Ride Tickets & Schedule

Red Diamond Express Train and/or Protective Life Carousel

The $3.95 plus tax Single Ride Ticket is for one ride only on the train or carousel during Glow Wild. Train & Carousel tickets stop being sold at 8:00 pm. Ride tickets are for Glow Wild operation only and are not valid for any other event or during daytime hours.

Admission into the event is NOT included with the purchase of ride tickets and must be purchased separately. The train and carousel are for ages two years and up. A paying adult must accompany children under two years old on the train and carousel.

Purchase Train tickets onsite at the Train Depot and Carousel tickets at the Nourish205 restaurant walk-up window.

Extra Reminders

Glow Wild is a weather-dependent event, with nights being subject to cancellation. Please be aware that as a night event, the Zoo animals will not be viewable during Glow Wild. Online, onsite ticket sales and entrance to Glow Wild stop at 8:00 pm.

We hope this information has been helpful to you and that you’ll have a great time at the Birmingham Zoo’s Glow Wild Exhibit. To learn more about other family-friendly events in the area, visit our Birmingham Parent Guide.

Jolessa Cerbito
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