Wild Center logoTickets go on sale to the general public starting Nov. 19

Tupper Lake, N.Y. – The Wild Center is excited to announce the return of Wild Lights, presented by Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. The dazzling display of enchanting lights will transform The Wild Center’s 115-acre campus into a winter wonderland, with even more dates, displays and lights added this season. Wild Lights will run on Friday and Saturday evenings beginning Sat., Nov. 27 for the public.

With Wild Lights, visitors will be able to bask in the glow of the award-winning Wild Walk and stroll through Forest Music while surrounded by immersive music and lights – curated specifically for the looped trail. New displays will be added around the campus for photo opportunities and even Hopscotch, the larger-than-life Stickwork sculpture, will be adorned in lights. Offering reprieve from winter weather, warming huts and fire pits will be placed throughout the campus, in addition to warm food options and hot beverages available for purchase.

In response to the success of last year’s inaugural event, The Wild Center has added additional dates for Wild Lights viewing. Dates and times are as follows:

·        Members-only preview: Fri., Nov. 26, 2021

·        Open to the public: Sat., Nov. 27, 2021

·        Friday and Saturday evenings from 5-7 p.m. (time slots for arrival: 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.)

·        Every night during holiday week: Dec. 26 – Jan. 1

·        Every night during winter week: Feb. 18 – Feb. 26

On select Fridays during the season, Wild Lights’ visitors 21 and older will have the opportunity to enjoy libations from local breweries, including Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, Raquette River Brewing and Hex and Hop Brewing. During Friday Night Lights and Flights, beer flights will be available for $10 and may be purchased in-person or pre-purchased online.

Tickets for Wild Lights will go on sale starting Fri., Nov. 12 for Wild Center members and Fri., Nov. 19 for the general public. Entry to Wild Lights is included with regular day-time Wild Center admission, or as an event-only ticket. Event pricing is as follows:

·        Members (from Nov. 26 to Dec. 31): Free for all

·        Members (Jan. 1 to end of Wild Lights): $5 adults / free to 17 and under

·        Non-members: $10 adults / $5 youth


“We were thrilled to see such a positive response to Wild Lights last year and are excited to bring back this holiday tradition for another season,” said Hillarie Logan-Dechene, Deputy Director of The Wild Center. “Plus, our teams have found new and exhilarating ways to make Wild Lights even bigger, better and brighter.”

Wild Lights is presented by Merrill L. Thomas, Inc., and supported by Adirondack Health, Adirondack Federal Credit Union, Adirondack Frontier, Long Run Wealth Advisors and Mike Foote Insurance. Additional support for Wild Lights is being provided through a Market New York grant from I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism as part of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

Organizations interested in renting the Wild Lights experience for a mid-week event may contact Leanne Favreau at lfavreau@wildcenter.org.

Reservations for The Wild Center and Wild Lights are required for all guests and members. For more information on current guidelines and reservations, refer to The Wild Center’s Visit page: wildcenter.org/visit.

About The Wild Center

The Wild Center invites visitors to explore new ways that people and nature can thrive in the Adirondacks. Located in Tupper Lake, NY the center uses science-based experiences, exhibits and programs to open new ways to look into the relationship that people have with nature and to promote environmental best practices. The Wild Center' is open seven days a week, including its indoor exhibits and outdoor experiences.