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Zoo Lights 2016

December 2, 2016 to January 1, 2017

5:30 - 9 p.m.

Zoo Lights will span through 70 acres of Denver Zoo's campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. Running December 2 until January 1, is one of Denver’s most anticipated events, which is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to enjoy the holidays or kick off the New Year with family, friends and colleagues. 

Daytime admission (including membership) does not include Zoo Lights. 

Denver Zoo will close at 5 p.m. (gates close at 4 p.m.) and reopen at 5:30 p.m. for Zoo Lights. 

SCROLL DOWN FOR PRICING AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS

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Pricing

New this year: Value Night Pricing

Denver Zoo is offering Value Night pricing to encourage guests to visit Zoo Lights on nights that are traditionally not as crowded.  These reduced admission nights will offer an experience with fewer lines and more available parking, but still offer all the same experiences guests will receive on a peak night.

Value Night Admission Fees

Dec 2 – Dec 15

*Value Night tickets will not be accepted at the Zoo Lights gate
any night after December 15

Non-Member 

  • Adults (Ages 12-64) $13
  • Children (Ages 3-11) $9
  • Seniors (Ages 65+) $11 
  • Online Discount: $2                              

Member

  • Adults (Ages 12-64) $11
  • Children (Ages 3-11) $7
  • Seniors (Ages 65+) $9
  • Online Discount: $2

Peak Night Admission Fees

Dec 16 – Jan 1

*Value Night tickets will not be accepted at the Zoo Lights gate
​any night after December 15

Non-Member 

  • Adults (Ages 12-64) $17
  • Children (Ages 3-11) $12
  • Seniors (Ages 65+) $14 
  • Online Discount: $2                              

Member

  • Adults (Ages 12-64) $15
  • Children (Ages 3-11) $10
  • Seniors (Ages 65+) $12
  • Online Discount: $2
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BUY TICKETS

When you purchase your tickets online you receive discount pricing, and will have the convenience of skipping the Box Office Line

  • No refunds, exchanges or transfers.
  • Tickets available until 9:00 p.m. daily.
  • You will be asked to select a date for your visit.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a person 16 or older.

Purchase Tickets by clicking the date of your visit on the calendar below. 

Please note that there is different pricing on Value Nights verses Peak Nights. 

DECEMBER

SUNDAY

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

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SUNDAY

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

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SUNDAY

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY

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SUNDAY

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JANUARY

SUNDAY

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

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2016 Zoo Lights Map

 

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SHUTTLE

40th and Colorado Light Rail Station

December 16 – January 1
5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

In an attempt to alleviate parking congestion, Denver Zoo will be running a shuttle back and forth between Zoo Lights and the 40th and Colorado Light Rail Station.  Beat the parking lot crowds and take our shuttle!

Activities and Entertainment

Zoo Wide
Visit our traveling exhibit lit up at night: Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea

Presented by

 

Sea of Lights

Animal Encounters
6 – 8 p.m.

Winter Wonderland

Choir Stage
6 – 8 p.m.
Select Nights

Princess Meet & Greet
6 – 8 p.m.
Select Nights

African Penguin Keeper Talk
6:30 p.m.​

Zoo Year’s Eve

December 31

North Pole

Santa
November 26 – 27
December 2 – 23
5:30 p.m.​ – 9 p.m.​

Conservation Carousel
5:30 – 9 p.m.​
Weather dependent

Pioneer Train
5:30 – 9 p.m.​
Weather dependent

Electric Jungle

Flow Juggling Show
Fridays and Saturdays
7 and 8 p.m.

Northern Lights

Ice Carvers
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
5:30 - 8 p.m.

Polar Bear Keeper Talk
Fridays and Saturday
7 p.m.

Shopping and Restaurants

Sea of Lights

SHOPPING:
Kibongi Market

  • Wagon Rental
  • Illumination Station

HOLIDAY TREAT LOCATIONS:
Jingle Java

  • Holiday Spirits, Hot Beverage Refill Station, Holiday Treats

Samburu Grille

  • Loaded Nachos, Traditional Grill Items, Hand Tossed Pizza

Winter Wonderland

HOLIDAY TREAT LOCATION:
Sweet Traditions Tent

  • Funnel Cakes, Churros, Pretzels, Popcorn, Kettle Corn, Holiday Spirits,  
  • Hot Beverage Refills

North Pole

SHOPPING:
The Toy Shop

HOLIDAY TREAT LOCATION:
Sweet Traditions Tent
Funnel Cakes, Churros, Pretzels, Popcorn, Kettle Corn, Holiday Spirits,
Hot Bev
erage Refills

Electric Jungle

SHOPPING
The Toy Shop

HOLIDAY TREAT LOCATION
Craft Fine Foods Truck

  • Corn Dogs, Family Pretzels, Holiday Spirits, Hot Beverages

Festival of Lanterns

HOLIDAY TREAT LOCATION
The Doughnut Shop at Kamala Café

  • Hot Fresh Doughnuts, Hot Beverages

FAQs

What are the Zoo Lights hours?

Zoo Lights runs from 5:30 – 9 p.m.
 

Are there any discounts available for Zoo Lights?

There is a $2 discount when you purchase tickets online.

Denver Zoo members receive a $2 discount.

Groups of 20 or more may receive discounted admission.

Daytime passes and coupons cannot be used for Zoo Lights.

Can I enter the Zoo during the day and stay for Zoo Lights?

Daytime admission and membership do not include Zoo Lights.  Denver Zoo gates will close at 4 p.m. and grounds will be cleared at 5 p.m. Gates will reopen at 5:30 p.m. for Zoo Lights.

What animal buildings are open at Zoo Lights and what time do the animal buildings close?

Pachyderms, Clayton F. Freiheit Elephant House, El Pomar Foundation Village Hall, Tropical Discovery are all open. All animal buildings close at 9 p.m. 

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