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.

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Purchase Tickets

Any Night Ticket:
$18 General ($16 online)
$16 Member ($14 online)

Any Night Tickets are valid for any one night of ZooLights.

Value Ticket:
$12 General ($10 online)
$10 Member ($8 online)

Value Tickets are not valid on the following dates:
Nov 28 ● Dec 6, 12, 13, 18-23, 26-30 ● Jan 3

ZooLights Ticket Prices for December

ZooLights Ticket Prices for December(click to view)

ZooLights Ticket Prices for January

ZooLights Ticket Pricing January(click to view)

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.

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Open Now through January 11, 2015
5:30 – 10:30 p.m. nightly

Animal viewing is limited during ZooLights.

ZooLights, powered by SRP EarthWise Energy, is a magical experience guaranteed to illuminate your holiday season.


  • 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 Arctic Express.
  • Watch as an ice sculptor magically makes an animal appear out of a 300 pound block of ice every Thursday during ZooLights starting Thursday, December 18.
  • 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.


Scheduled performances are included with admission to ZooLights. Please note performances may change or be canceled without prior notice.

Ice Sculptor – December 18 & 25, January 1 & 8

Watch as an ice sculptor magically makes an animal appear out of a 300 pound block of ice! Located hillside across from Komodo dragon.

Red Mountain Carolers – December 19

The Red Mountain Carolers will be coming to Carol for ZooLights on Friday, December 19 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in front the African Savanna exhibit.

AZ Friends in Sign – December 20

AZ Friends in Sign will be performing Saturday, December 20. First performance from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m., second performance from 8:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Bowl Band Performance – December 30

The Fiesta Bowl Bands from the University of Arizona and Boise State will be performing at ZooLights! Performances scheduled to start around 7 p.m. near the main lake.

Bowl Band Performance – January 1

The Cactus Bowl Bands from Oklahoma State and the University of Washington will be performing at ZooLights! Performances scheduled to start around 6:30 p.m. near the main lake.

Noche de Reyes Magos / Night of the Three Kings – January 4 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy live mariachi music, specialty Mexican food and a chance to meet the Three Kings!


Endangered Species Carousel
Member: $2
General: $3

Stingray Bay
Member: $2
General: $3

Camel Rides
Member: $5
General: $6

Photo Opportunities

  • 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 available: November 23  – 26, November 28 – 30, December 5 – 7, and December 12 – 23.
    • Several packages available for purchase. Phoenix Zoo members receive a discount. Must show current Phoenix Zoo membership card and photo ID at the time of purchase to receive the discount.

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.

4-D Theater

Due to construction delays, the 4-D theater will unfortunately not be open for ZooLights. The current scheduled opening date is January 19, 2015. Due to the delays, we will be showing THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D Experience exclusively during the day once the theater is open through the end of January. We will update this information if the opening date changes. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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.

Do I need a ticket to enter?

Yes. Purchase tickets at, during a daytime visit, or the night of ZooLights.
*Please note ticket prices vary based on anticipated peak attendance nights. Be sure to view the ticket information before purchasing.

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.

When will the 4-D Theater open?
Due to construction delays, the 4-D theater will unfortunately not be open for ZooLights. The current scheduled opening date is January 19, 2015. Due to the delays, we will be showing THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D Experience exclusively during the day once the theater is open through the end of January. We will update this information if the opening date changes. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Why is there only one member night this year as opposed to three?
History has shown us over the years that member nights were not being utilized as much as we had anticipated. We are opening ZooLights three nights earlier this year, beginning on Monday, November 24, allowing more nights for everyone to enjoy the lights.

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?
Only trained and vaccinated service animals are allowed to accompany you during your visit. When a guest brings a service animal to the Zoo, a Park Ranger will review the Service Animal Rules with the guest. If you’d like, you can view a downloadable copy of our Service Animal Rules and our Service Animal Path Restrictions map before your visit.

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 new 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, becoming the new Big Blue!

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.

The Phoenix Zoo is located at 455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85008.

Free parking is available at the Phoenix Zoo in the main Papago Park parking lot off of Galvin Parkway. If the main lot is full, additional free parking is available at Sun Devil Municipal Stadium located at the southwest corner of Van Buren and Priest.

A loading zone is available at the front of the Zoo. If you need to drop off or pickup a member of your party, please inform our parking attendants and they will direct you to the loading zone.

On busy nights, parking staff and message boards will provide detailed instructions and information to help minimize waiting and delays. If the main lot is full, message boards will direct you to the overflow lot at Sun Devil Municipal Stadium located at the southwest corner of Van Buren and Priest. The walk from the overflow lot takes approximately 15 minutes on a lighted and paved pathway.

Parking Tips:

  • Purchase your tickets online to save time when you arrive. You’ll receive a $2 discount when you buy your tickets at
  • Plan your route. Get directions from Google Maps.
  • Carpool with family and friends.
  • Watch for message boards when approaching the Zoo for parking information.
  • The main 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 may be towed.
  • The Zoo is not liable for parking tickets received by ZooLights visitors.
  • It is illegal to park on Galvin Parkway.

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