Polar Beers

November 30 6 to 10 p.m.$45 / 50 / 85 (details below)

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Tickets available October 5


  • $45 General Admission
  • $50 at gate (if not sold out)
  • $85 VIP
  • $25 Designated Driver (DD)

This 21 and older event allows guests to enjoy winter beverages while viewing the Zoo’s spectacular holiday light display. More than five million twinkling LED lights will brighten the evening sky and illuminate buildings, animal sculptures and trees on a half-mile trail through the front of the Zoo.

Polar Beers includes admission and 12 beverage samples (additional tasting tickets and food are available for purchase). General admission tickets are $45 and go on sale to Detroit Zoological Society Members on September 21. Tickets go on sale to the general public October 5.

Advance ticket purchase is encouraged as space is limited and the event may sell out. Tickets will be available online or at the gate (if not sold out).

VIP Tickets

For $85, guests will receive all of the features of the general admission ticket, unlimited food, four additional tasting tickets for use at VIP tables, exclusive access to the VIP lounge and a commemorative Polar Beers gift. VIP guests will enter through the Rackham Fountain Entrance (located inside the 10 Mile Road parking lot) and proceed to the Ford Education Center to pick up their glasses.

Designated Driver Tickets

Designated Driver (DD) tickets are $25 and include Zoo admission, unlimited soft drinks and hot cocoa. DD ticket holders are not permitted to consume alcohol at the event. Designated drivers must be 21 and older to enter the event.

All attendees must be 21 and older; photo ID is required. Parking is $7 per car for Members and non-members.


Please note:

  • For the health and safety of the animals, most of their habitats are closed after dark.  The best time to view the animals is during daytime hours.
  • Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Jane and Frank Warchol Beaver Habitat, The Polk Penguin Conservation Center, Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, National Amphibian Conservation Center and Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat are open for the evening.
  • All other habitats are closed for the evening.
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