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10/01-10/31 Pumpkin Fest Cosley Zoo
11/15 Owl Prowl Lincoln Marsh
11/16-2/28 Holiday Light Recycling Community Center
11/21, 11/22 Childrens Playhouse presents Alice in Wonderland Community Center
11/28-12/30 Festival of Lights and Tree Sales Cosley Zoo
11/29 Santa's Craft Corner Cosley Zoo
11/30-12/6 Christmas Tree Lane - Decorating--FULL Cosley Zoo
11/28-12/30 Festival of Lights and Tree Sales Cosley Zoo
11/30-12/6 Christmas Tree Lane - Decorating Cosley Zoo
12/5 Owl Prowl Lincoln Marsh
12/6 Lions Club Reindeer Run  
12/6 Santa's Craft Corner Cosley Zoo
12/13 Santa's Craft Corner Cosley Zoo

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Pumpkin Fest

October 1-31 | Cosley Zoo

Daily: 9am-5pm | Regular admission rates apply

Taking in the beautiful fall colors at Cosley Zoo is a must do!  Come see the animals in the crisp fall air, listen to the squeals of excitement from the children conquering the straw pyramid or finding their way through the corn stalk tunnel, and take in the thousands of pumpkins scattered on the zoo's lawn.

Apples, gourds, pumpkins, cider, cornstalks, and various sizes of straw bales are available to purchase.  Be sure and check out the fall merchandise in the Wild Side Gift Shop too.  Proceeds from your purchases benefit Cosley Zoo.

NEW this year! Rides:

Tickets: $1.25 ea. or $25 for 22
Tickets may be purchased at the admission booth or gift shop.

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Owl Prowl

Two sessions available:
Saturday, November 15 | 6-7:30pm
Friday, December 5 | 6:30-8pm

Lincoln Marsh


Discover the native owls that call Lincoln Marsh home. Learn owling techniques, hit the trails in search of these magnificent nocturnal predators, and end around a campfire with hot chocolate. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Age: Recommended for 6 years +

R/NR Fee: $9/$11.25

Class # 410519


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Illustration by John Tenniel from Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

November 21 at 7pm | November 22 at 2pm | Community Center
Presented by the Children's Playhouse

Ticket prices:

Tickets may be purchased online at starting November 1, 2014.





Holiday Light Recycling for a Great Cause

November 16, 2014-February 28, 2015 | Community Center

The Wheaton Park District will be collecting holiday lights at the Community Center, located at 1777 S Blanchard Rd, Wheaton, from November 16, 2014 through February 28, 2015.

Donated holiday lights may be in any condition, wiring inside will be processed for scrap materials. Acceptable items include:

Proceeds from materials will be donated to the Leisureship Fund. The Fund provides financial assistance to qualified Wheaton Residents for park district programs and sports, fitness center passes and pool passes.

For more information, please contact the Community Center at 630-690-4880.







Festival of Lights and Tree Sales

November 28-December 30 | Hours: 9am-9pm / Lights: 3-9pm | Cosley Zoo
Zoo Admissions is free during the Festival of Lights and Tree Sales.  Donations are greatly appreciated!

A winter time visit to Cosley Zoo has become a family tradition for many.  Make sure it is one of yours!  Cosley Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with 20,000 twinkling lights creating spectacular displays, an amazing selection of Christmas trees for you to purchase, hot chocolate, and holiday gifts.  The Festival of Lights and Tree Sales begin the day after Thanksgiving (11/28/14) and continue through December 30. The zoo is open 9A-9P daily; lights come on at 3P.  All proceeds support the zoo, its animals, programs and development. 




Christmas Tree Lane--FULL

Tree Decorating: November 30-December 6 | Cosley Zoo

Gather together your scout group, friends, coworkers or family members to help decorate Cosley Zoo for the holidays!  We provide a lit five foot tree and you provide wildlife-friendly ornaments and imagination.  Trees are displayed through December.  Payment is due upon reservation; trees are limited so call today!











Santa's Craft Corner

Saturday, November 29, December 6 & 13 | 10am-2pm | Cosley Zoo

Can’t make it to the North Pole?  Do the next best thing and come to Cosley Zoo where you can see Santa AND the animals!  While visiting Santa, make a craft or two and enjoy refreshments. 




Please contact Ryan Miller, Race Director, at 630-510-5135 or

This is a CARA Certified Race. Race is hosted by the Lions Club in conjunction with the Wheaton Park District.

Lions Club Reindeer Run

Saturday, December 6 | 8:30am | Downtown Wheaton
Holiday-themed 5K for the serious and casual runner looking to get into the holiday spirit!
Registration Fees:

Individual Runner or Walker: $30/person
Group (Team of 4 minimum): $25/person members save $10 off registration. Membership terms may apply

Registration closes Monday, December 1, 2014.

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For more information, please visit the Lions Club Reindeer Run Event page >