Welcome to Wild Lights presented by Merrill L. Thomas, Inc.

Wander into our enchanting, illuminated, winter wonderland to explore the sights and sounds of Wild Lights, presented by Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. Thousands of lights transforms our campus into a twinkling, family-friendly experience that is sure to become a holiday tradition for North Country families.


What dates will Wild Lights be held?

  • Fridays and Saturdays from November 25 to February 25
  • Open every day during Holiday Week – December 26 to December 31
  • Open every day during World University Games Week – January 13 to January 21
  • Open every day during President’s Week – February 17 to February 25

What time can we visit?

  • 5pm to 8pm

What is there to do and see?

  • Forest Music: Over 130 trees are wrapped in colorful lights that illuminate the forest and will transport you to a winter wonderland.  A new musical composition from Whatever Penny creates a magical three-dimension dreamy winter soundscape
  • Wild Walk: We’ve strung the award-winning Wild Walk in tens of thousands of lights so you can experience the outdoors like never before.  New winter installations provide Instagram-worthy photos and opportunities to create lifelong winter memories.
  • Stickwork: Patrick Dougherty’s “Hopscotch” glows and provides an opportunity for your imagination to run wild.
  • Indoors: Warm up inside with hot drinks, food, and an opportunity to check out the Living River Trail (otters included!).  Interactive light up pieces like an oversized Lite Brite provides fun for kids and a chance for old school nostalgia for adults.

What is the price?

  • Members:
    • November 25 (Member Day): Free for All Members
    • November 26 to February 25: $5 Adults, free for children under 18
  • Non-Members
    • Adults $10, Youth $5, Children 4 and under are free

Please note: Wild Lights is not included with regular day time (10am to 5pm) Wild Center admission and must be purchase separately

Can I bring my dog?

While we all love our pets, dogs, except for service dogs, are not allowed in the Center, on Wild Walk, or on our trail system during open hours.

Do I need to buy a ticket before arrival?

Tickets are not required prior to arrival, but because of limited numbers, we anticipate sell outs.  Pre-purchasing tickets also speeds up the check-in process.

Are the trails clear of snow?

The Wild Center does minimal grooming of trails.  We recommend appropriate footwear during the wintery months.

Wild Lights Rental

Interested in renting Wild Lights for an office party or private event? Contact Mitchell Jensen at mjensen@wildcenter.org or 518-359-7800 x1-144

A Soundtrack for Winter


Taiga is a tribute to the winter season; the juxtaposition of its vastness and closeness and its mystery yet familiarity. The music itself is a complex landscape of both traditional and non-traditional instruments, each of which touches on fleeting sentiments that we may move too quickly in our daily lives to fully appreciate.

Nostalgic timbres evoke a feeling of simplistic joy and curiosity mixed with the chill undercurrent of an arctic atmosphere. Glacial textures combine to relay images of winter’s harsh beauty. Amongst its polar undertones, there is a warmth and adoration toward a season that never loses its sense of wonder.



  • “Wonder,” “Snow Globe,” “When Your Time Is Not Your Own,” and “Night Squalls” written by Eric Sturr
  • “Adrift” written by Emily Ta
  • “Underbrush Slush” written by Franklin Hansen
  • “Ruminations” written by Tim Segado
  • Violin performed by Sarah Franchino
  • All tracks mixed by Tim Segado
  • Photograph by Richard Sturr

“Taiga” by Whatever Penny  premieres on November 25.