Ring in the Holiday Cheer with Roger Williams Park Zoo
Support wildlife conservation and your local community at this year’s new holiday lights display.
For nearly 150 years, Roger Williams Park Zoo has connected people with wildlife to inspire a love and appreciation for the environment and its animals. Open year-round, the Zoo has made a name for itself as a Rhode Island treasure – bringing fun, discovery and learning to children and adults of all ages.
Like most organizations around the globe, Roger Williams has felt the impact of COVID-19.
“Even after reopening our gates in May, we have felt the major financial strain,” said Dr. Jeremy Goodman, executive director of Rhode Island Zoological Society/Roger Williams Park Zoo. “Our top priority is providing the specialized care for the over 800 animals at the zoo and keeping our staff and guests safe and healthy.”
In an effort to help keep the Zoo’s gates open and spread good cheer this holiday season, the Zoo is hosting an all new Drive-Through Holiday Lights Spectacular, December 10 – January 10. Thanks to the Rhode Island HArT Grant Program, this 30-night festive light display offers the community a safe way to celebrate the holidays, while also supporting economic activity and local businesses. Hoping to attract guests to stay in the state’s local hotels, the Zoo is offering free tickets to the event on a first-come, first-serve basis when booking at partnering hotel locations.
“Funds from this Holiday Lights Spectacular will not only help the Zoo get through the lean months of winter but provide support to local hotels as the entire tourism industry ventures through this rough time,” says Dr. Goodman.
Featuring festive larger-than-life luminous displays and over 1.5 million illuminated lights, this event hopes to add a little magic to the holiday season.
With enhanced protocols and procedures, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the dazzling display of lights, all from the warm and safety of inside their car.
“As both a major tourism attraction and an education facility, the Roger Williams Park Zoo is an essential element of what makes Providence special,” stated Kristen Adamo, president & CEO of Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“We hope that people will plan a vacation or staycation around the Holiday Lights Spectacular by booking hotel rooms, enjoying top restaurants, and finishing their holiday shopping here in the Providence/Warwick area.”
This festive new holiday tradition begins Thursday, December 10 and runs through Sunday, January 10 and will be open nightly 5:00 – 9:30pm, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
During a year when the community needs it most, Roger Williams Park Zoo hopes to be a shining light.
Tickets are sold online only. To learn more or make a reservation visit rwpzoo.org/holidaylights.