Winter transforms from cold and grey to magical and delightful at the annual Christmas Garden at the Wilhelma Zoo! The grounds are transformed by holiday illuminations: waterways reflecting the loops of Christmas lights strung above, trees dressed in colored spotlights, buildings and gazebos decorated whimsically, and figures seemingly made only of light. As you wander the mile-long path, you’ll truly feel like you’ve been transported to a winter wonderland.
The Christmas Garden is open daily from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Tickets are sold with a specific arrival time, such that visitors’ entry to the garden is staggered across the five-hour period. However, regardless of when you arrive, you are welcome to stay and enjoy the illuminations until closing time. Just be sure to dress warmly!