November 29 - December 30
Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Admissions gates open 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Zoo grounds close at 9 p.m.
Ages 2-12: $3
Friends of the Zoo Members: $3 per person
This year at ZooLights:
- A mile-long trail through the Zoo
- More than 50 illuminated display sculptures of animals and traditional holiday displays
- A festive family activity, adding to the quality of life for residents throughout the region
- The beginning of a new tradition
Lighted Displays will include the following:
ILLUMINATED SCULPTURES: Visitors will find illuminated sculptures representing animals and traditional symbols of the holidays.
GIANT SPECTACULARS: Larger-than-life displays capture the imagination of children of all ages. These displays may include: Flamingos, Giraffes, Lions, Tigers, Gorillas, Rhinos, Elephants, Alligators, Giant Santa, Giant Snowmen, Holiday Trains, Santa in Sleigh pulled by Giant Reindeer and Toy Soldiers. Displays can be up to 30 ft. tall!
ANIMATED SPECTACULARS: Animated displays add additional entertainment value to our event. The use of high-wattage, computer-controlled displays will provide exciting animation to displays.
VISITOR AMENITIES:Safari Photo Booth
Seasonal Specials from the Flamingo Cafe
Safari Post Gift Shop
November 29: Coca-Cola Truck @ ZooLights
November 30: Pictures with Santa
December 1: Pictures with Santa
December 6: Ornament Decorating
December 7: Ornament Decorating
December 12: Art Gone Wild Exhibit
December 13: Art Gone Wild Exhibit
December 14: Art Gone Wild Exhibit
December 15: Art Gone Wild Exhibit
December 20: Reindeer Games
December 21: Reindeer Games
December 27: Ornament Decorating
December 28: Ornament Decorating
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: When is ZooLights?
A: ZooLights begins the day after Thanksgiving and ends on December 30. The Zoo is closed for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.
Q: What are the hours for ZooLights?
A: Admissions are open 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Zoo grounds close at 9 p.m.
Q: Will I be able to see Zoo animals?
A: Animal viewing is limited at this event, as many of our animals are brought inside for the night. ZooLights is an evening, holiday event that does not offer the same viewing opportunities as a daytime visit.
Q: Can I walk around the entire Zoo during ZooLights?
A: No. Certain areas of the Zoo are closed for this event. For your safety, we ask that you remain on lighted, designated paths at all times.
Q: Is food available for purchase?
A: Yes. The Flamingo Cafe will be open and serving specialty holiday items in addition to the regular menu.
Q: What happens if it rains?
A: ZooLights remains open during rain. Dress appropriately for the weather. The Zoo does not issue refunds or rainchecks.
Q: Will the Safari Post Gift Shop be open?
A: Yes. The Safari Post Gift Shop will be open every night for ZooLights. The Zoo is the perfect place to do your holiday shopping!
Q: Can I bring my flashlight?
A: No. Flashlights and laser pointers are not allowed for the safety of our animals and for the courtesy of other guests. You may take photos or video without a flash.