Volunteers have been busy the last couple of days at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, transforming it into a magical place for the holiday season. It’s known as Wild Night’s and Holiday Lights and it all starts Friday night. 

Presented by the Folsom Parks and Recreation Department, this annual family friendly event returns for its 13th year with thousands of bright lights, sparkling ornaments, trees, lighted animal figures, and displays transforming the zoo sanctuary with holiday spirit. It’s the one event that gets you into the zoo after dark, something many always want to do. 


In addition to the visual delights, there will also be local caroling groups and musicians providing merry sounds of the season. The nearby Folsom Valley Railway scale train will also be offering special nighttime rides. 

The event is open on select nights beginning Friday night, Dec. 1 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.  Therafter, it will continue on December 2, 8, 9 and 15-22, weather permitting as heavy rains will cancel the event at times. All proceeds from the event benefit the zoo sanctuary animals.


Tickets are available by clicking any of the graphic ads on www.folsomtimes.com or by going directly to the website at www.folsom.ca.us/HolidayLightsTickets

Admission and train tickets are only available online; no onsite ticket sales will be offered. Admission is $10 per person and train tickets are $5 per person; free for those under 2. 


Special treats and beverages are available for purchase from Fisher’s Beastro and from visiting food trucks throughout the event. Early ticket purchase is encouraged since many nights of the event sell out quickly. Follow Facebook.com/FolsomParksandRec for event updates; call 916-461-6601 with questions.

Bill Sullivan
Author: Bill Sullivan

Bill Sullivan has over 25 years of professional journalism and content creation experience in which he has earned 37 professional awards. He is the co-founder/publisher of Folsom Times an All Town Media LLC product.