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Holiday Celebrations

Zoo Lights Group Events

Zoo Lights provides the perfect backdrop for holiday celebrations. Come and experience a light safari with more than 38 brilliantly-illuminated acres of lights, featuring more than 150 animated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. As part of the event rental package you will receive a private room and admission to Zoo Lights.  

All facilities are located inside the Gates Education Center and are decorated for the holidays. Norgren Hall is our main indoor facility with large floor to ceiling windows and provides a spectacular view of our millions of twinkling lights. It is equipped with a sound system, IPOD access, dimmer lights and can be broken down into three separate rooms to meet your accommodations. A podium, screen, projector and microphone are available and included in your rental. Rental hours may be extended for an additional fee.

The Studios are located adjacent to the hall and are ideal for smaller gatherings.  They are also decorated for the holidays and can be rented for groups from 40 to 88 people or rented for additional space to Norgren Hall. They are equipped with private bathrooms and projector screens but no additional AV. The studios may only be rented for Zoo Lights evening events.  

*We offer the exclusive chance to rent out the entire Zoo for a Zoo Lights Sneak Peek! This is great for large companies that want to avoid the lines and enjoy a special private viewing of the lights before we are open to the public. Sneak Peek Dates are from December 1st -5th.

Click here to view our 2014 Zoo Lights menu

Groups of 30 and under

Original Boardroom -Includes 30 admission tickets
Capacity: 30 people banquet style
5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Groups of 50 and under

Norgren Hall (1Room) Includes 40 admission tickets
Capacity:  80 people theater style / 40 people banquet style/ 75 people cabaret style, no seating
Zoo Lights (public days only) 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. $1200
Zoo Lights Daytime 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. $1200

Grasslands or Treetops Studio (1 Studio) Includes 40 admission tickets
Capacity: 30 people theatre style/48 people banquet style/60 people cabaret style, no seating
Zoo Lights (public dates only) 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. $650
Add-on to Norgren Hall $400

Groups of 50-100

Norgren Hall (2 Rooms) Includes 88 admission tickets
Capacity: 160 people theater style / 88 people banquet style/ 120 cabaret style, no seating
Zoo Lights (public dates only) 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. $2500
Zoo Lights Daytime 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. $1950  

Grasslands and Treetops Studios (2 Studios) Includes 88 admission tickets
Capacity 88 people banquet style
Zoo Lights (public dates only) 5:30-9:30 p.m. $1100
Add-on to Norgren Hall $700

Groups of 100-200

Norgren Hall (All 3 rooms) Includes 200 admission tickets
Capacity: 250 people theater style / 200 people banquet style/ 400 cabaret style no, seating
Zoo Lights 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. $3200
Zoo Lights daytime 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. $2500

Groups of 200-300 (Full seating)

Norgren Hall +Studios Includes 300 admission tickets public nights/300 Sneak Peek
Capacity: 250 people theater style / 300 people banquet style/500 cabaret style, no seating 
Zoo Lights 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.  Sneak Peek $4850/Public Dates $3900
Zoo Lights daytime (Does not include admission to lights) 10:00 am-2:00 pm $3200

Groups of 300-2000

Groups larger than 300 can utilize the entire Gates Center (Norgren Hall and studios). It is recommended that guests use the space as a warming station.



Denver Zoo’s event specialists are waiting to assist you:


Felise Buckheart 720-337-1473 or

Kirsti Wheeler 720-337-1629 or

Fill out our event inquiry form for more information.

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