NEW THIS YEAR!
To enhance the ZooLights experience, ZooLights ticket prices vary based on anticipated peak attendance nights. Be sure to view the ticket information below before purchasing.
Tickets on sale at 3 p.m. October 1
Save $2 when you purchase your tickets online!
Exclusive Preview Night – Members Only
Sunday, November 23 – Tickets $10
Any Night Ticket:
Good for all nights of ZooLights.
Value Tickets exclude the following dates:
Nov 28 ● Dec 6, 12, 13, 18-23, 26-30 ● Jan 3
Please purchase an Any Night Ticket if you wish to come on any of the excluded dates for Value Tickets listed above. If you’ve purchased a Value Ticket and wish to upgrade to an Any Night ticket, you may do so at any Admission ticket window or the Guest Services lobby at the Zoo.
– Children two and under are free.
– No refunds for lost, stolen or unused tickets.
– Tickets are barcoded and can be used only once.
– May not be combined with any other discount offers.
– Tickets may not be resold.
- General Information
- Fun Facts
LET IT GLOW!
November 24, 2014 through January 11, 2015
5:30 – 10:30 p.m. nightly
Phoenix Zoo Member’s Preview Night: Sunday, November 23
Animal viewing is limited during ZooLights.
Tickets available for purchase beginning October 1.
ZooLights, powered by SRP EarthWise Energy, is a magical experience guaranteed to illuminate your holiday season.
NEW THIS YEAR!
- Meet Tortuga the Talking Galapagos Tortoise.
- Enjoy two new Music in Motion shows featuring music from the movie Polar Express and Carol of the Bells by Artic Express.
- Experience Polar Express in the Zoo’s new 4-D theater with amazing multi-sensory effects including snow, fog and gusts of wind. Guests will feel like they’re aboard the Polar Express themselves! *
- Watch as an ice sculptor magically makes an animal appear out of a 300 pound block of ice. Dates to be announced.
- Longer hours – 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.
- Opens to the public on the Monday prior to Thanksgiving.
- 3.8 million lights
- 700 sparkling displays
- Jengo the Talking Giraffe
- Stingray Bay touch tank *
- Carousel, camel and wagon rides *
- Alcoholic beverages available for purchase every Friday and Saturday night
Make ZooLights a family tradition and enjoy one of the largest holiday light shows in the country!
* Additional fee required.
Endangered Species Carousel
- Take home a photo of you on a camel! Just $5 per photo when combined with a camel ride.
- Santa Claus is coming to ZooLights! Let us take your ZooLights souvenir photo. Dates to be announced.
Horse Drawn Carriage and Wagon Rides (Subject to cancellation based on weather or animal related issues)
- Carriage Rides: Monday & Tuesday carriage seats up to four guests. $20
- Wagon Rides: Wednesday – Sunday, up to 12 people per ride, $4 per person.
- Payment is made at the ride location.
- Riders enjoy a non-pedestrian pathway exclusive only to the carriage and wagon.
- Seating is limited and the horses rest periodically, so get in line early in the evening.
Private ZooLights Parties
Host your family or office gathering at the Zoo during the holiday season and enjoy all that ZooLights has to offer, including private indoor and outdoor venues, catering, animal discoveries and more. Dates fill quickly, so book your unique holiday event now and create an evening your guests will always remember! To reserve your space, call 602.914.4301.
What are the hours of ZooLights?
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the event concludes at 10:30 p.m. each night.
Where do I park?
- Park in the Zoo’s main parking lot off Galvin Parkway.
- Carpool with friends and family.
- If the Zoo lot is full, lighted signs will direct you to our overflow lot at Sun Devil Municipal Stadium at Van Buren and Priest. The walk from overflow takes approximately 15 minutes on a lighted and paved pathway.
- The Zoo parking lot is city-owned, not Zoo-owned.
- Park ONLY in designated parking spaces.
- If you park illegally, tickets will be issued by the city or your car could be towed.
- The Zoo is not liable for parking tickets received by ZooLights visitors who park illegally.
- It is illegal to park on Galvin Parkway.
Do I need a ticket to enter?
Yes. Purchase tickets at phoenixzoo.org, during a daytime visit, or the night of ZooLights.
*Please note ticket prices vary based on anticipated peak attendance nights. Be sure to view our online calendar to verify the price of the night you plan to visit.
The most convenient option is to print your tickets at home and bring them with you the night of the event.
- ZooLights tickets are non-refundable.
- There are no separate prices for children or seniors.
- Children two and under are free.
- If you pre-purchased tickets, but are unable to attend, consider giving them as gifts to friends or family.
- All tickets have a barcode that admit one person. Once scanned, the ticket cannot be used again.
- Photocopies will not be accepted.
- Tickets may not be resold and are not replaceable if lost.
- Guests with Regular Night tickets that show up on a Peak Night will be allowed to upgrade to the Peak Night for a $6 charge in the Guest Services lobby or any ticket window. Upgrades cannot be done online.
- Your ticket purchase supports the Phoenix Zoo, a non-profit organization that receives no operational funding from the city or any public source.
Can I rent strollers, wheelchairs and other mobility devices?
Yes. Available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. Membership discounts may apply. The rental area is located immediately to your right after entering the Phoenix Zoo through the turnstiles. If you need assistance with bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter to the parking lot, please stop by our Guest Services lobby.
Will I be able to see Zoo animals?
Animal viewing is limited to only a few exhibits with low lighting. ZooLights is an evening holiday event that does not offer the same animal viewing opportunities as a daytime visit. Possible sightings include zebra, flamingo, javelina, Komodo dragon and otter.
Can I walk around the entire Zoo during ZooLights?
No. Not all Zoo trails are open for ZooLights. The Zoo is not equipped with enough power to light up the entire park.
Is food available for purchase?
Yes. During ZooLights you will find a variety of food selections at our open eateries.
What should I wear?
This is a casual event, so please dress appropriately for the weather. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended.
What happens if it rains?
ZooLights is still open if it rains, but for the safety of our animals, the carriage, wagon and camel rides will be closed. Jengo and Tortuga will also be silent if it rains.
Will Desert Marketplace be open?
Yes. The gift shop will be open.
Can I bring a flashlight or my camera?
Flashlights and laser pointers are not allowed at ZooLights for the safety of our animals and the courtesy of other guests, but you may take photos or video of the experience
Can I bring my pet?
No. There are no pets allowed on Zoo grounds day or night. Only service animals are allowed and owners are required to contact our Park Ranger office prior to visiting at 602-273-1341 ext. 7889.
Can I purchase the music played at ZooLights?
Due to licensing agreements, music played at ZooLights is not available for purchase at the Zoo. However, most of the music is public domain.
What are Zoo hours during the ZooLights season?
- During the ZooLights season, the Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., November 5, 2014 – January 11, 2015. The Zoo reopens at 5:30 p.m. for ZooLights.
- Beginning January 12, 2015, the Zoo will go back to its regular daytime hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- ZooLights is open on holidays, including November 27, December 24 & 25, December 31 and January 1.
- The Zoo is closed for daytime visits December 25, but reopens for ZooLights at 5:30 p.m.
When is the best time to visit ZooLights?
The least crowded nights to attend are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the first two weeks of December and the first week of January. The majority of people arrive when the gates first open so an alternative is to arrive around 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. after the first wave of visitors have come and gone.
Does ZooLights close for inclement weather?
ZooLights is open during all types of weather and temperatures. Dress accordingly.
Can I extend a daytime visit into ZooLights?
Guests that have pre-purchased ZooLights tickets the same night as their daytime visit are not allowed to stay in the Zoo until ZooLights opens at 5:30 p.m. They will need to leave Zoo grounds at 4 p.m. and return at 5:30 p.m. when ZooLights opens to the public.
How many people go to ZooLights?
As many as 300,000 visitors attend ZooLights each year. It is the largest multi-day fundraiser hosted by the Zoo.
How many lights are used at ZooLights?
The Zoo uses 3.8 million individual lights for ZooLights. This includes all the lights used on nearly 700 displays of animals, flowers, stars, trees, etc. ZooLights is one of the largest light shows in the Southwest.
How long does it take to install ZooLights?
It takes a four-person crew approximately 14 weeks to install. Installation begins in mid-July and wraps up the end of October.
Do you use a lot of electricity?
ZooLights is nearly all LED lights and they use much less electricity. The LED lights used for Music in Motion use only one third the power of incandescent lights. ZooLights is also powered by SRP’s EarthWise Energy which is electricity generated from clean, environmentally friendly sources such as the sun and wind.
Where did Big Blue go this year?
The large tree in the Main Plaza known as ‘Big Blue’ was decorated in more than 300,000 blue lights for the last several years and was a crowd and staff favorite. Recently, this tree began to lean precariously to one side creating a safety concern. After careful evaluation it was determined that Blue would have to be removed. Our ZooLights team has found a suitable tree that will be wrapped from the bottom of the trunk to the very top branch in all blue lights and will be very visible from every part of the Zoo.
What happens when ZooLights is over?
ZooLights is a year-round process and has a full-time staff. We take everything down to use the following year. When we are not installing or taking down the lights, we are planning, designing, repairing and building new features for next year.
How often do you add new features?
Every year we add new 3-D features and depending on the new design plan, we build 12 – 30 new 2-D light features. This provides guests with a different experience each ZooLights season. Because ZooLights is designed, built and installed by Zoo staff, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience unlike any other holiday light event.
What do you do with all the lights?
Recycle and reuse! To save from having to purchase new lights every year we remove all the lights, make any necessary repairs, then store them at the Zoo so they can be reused. Another reason we don’t leave the lights up year-round is the heat and sun has a tendency to deteriorate equipment and fade lights.
What else makes your light show different?
ZooLights is one of the only venues to use such a wide variety of lighting techniques that include rope lights, LED lights, light strands, black light, fiber optics, lasers, gobos, strobes, lights programmed to music and net lighting in trees or shrubbery. The large mesh nets were created and used first by the Zoo.
It’s also the Zoo’s largest special event fundraiser which is vital to our success as a private non-profit zoological park. We receive no outside funding and rely on revenue from events, admission, donations, private events, educational programs, camps and memberships, food and gift shop sales.
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