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DATE Every evening all winter long!

TIME 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

PRICE $15 – $20 Member

AGES 12-20, 21+, 3-11, All ages


Zoo Lights

Pick your date. Pick your time. Customize your experience.

Zoo Lights celebrates its 29th year as one of Denver’s most beloved and popular holiday traditions. To protect the magic of the season tickets are limited by date and issued for a one-hour entry time window.

Most evenings sell out in advance and tickets will not be available at the door for evenings that sell out.

*Tickets must be used on the date listed on the ticket. Enter within a one-hour window no earlier than the time selected.
Closed on Christmas, December 25.
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*Tickets must be used on the date listed on the ticket. Enter within a one-hour window starting no earlier than the time listed on the ticket. Once inside guests are welcome to stay until the event closes
*A ticket must be presented for entry into Zoo Lights. Confirmation letters and receipts will not be accepted for entry.
*If tickets are sold out online they will not be available at the door
*Daytime admission (including Denver Zoo Membership) does not include entry to Zoo Lights
*Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a person 16 or older
*For fastest entry, please print your ticket and present it at the entry gate
*No refunds, exchanges or date transfers

Come Celebrate the Season with Denver Zoo!

Zoo Lights is back for its 29th year, and sure to be bigger and better than ever! The holiday magic spans across over 70 acres, with more than two million lights, nightly entertainment, sweet treats, animal encounters and a Festival of Lanterns, plus illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best nights to visit Zoo Lights?

There’s a bit of magic in the air every night of Zoo Lights! We anticipate selling out in advance for most weekend nights, as well as every night in the last two weeks of December. If your schedule allows, we recommend visiting on a weeknight in the first two weeks of December. Snowy nights may be cold, but the Zoo has plenty of indoor buildings to warm up in and they make for great photos!

May I use my tickets on any night of Zoo Lights?

No. Zoo Lights tickets are only valid on the date you purchased your tickets for.

Why are there timed entry tickets?

By staggering the arrival of our visitors, we hope to provide a better visitor experience. Once inside the Zoo, visitors may stay until the event closes.

When should I buy my tickets?

We highly recommend purchasing tickets as far in advance as you can. We anticipate selling out most nights of Zoo Lights. Peak dates sell out several days or even weeks in advance.

If tickets are sold out online, will there be tickets available at the door?

No, there will not be tickets available for sale at the door on sold out nights.

Why is there a limit on the number of people who can attend each night?

We’ve placed a limit on attendance each evening to provide a better experience for guests by preventing extremely large crowds on any given night.

Can I purchase a ticket for daytime admission and stay for Zoo Lights? What if I have a Denver Zoo membership, may I enter during the day and stay for Zoo Lights?

Daytime admission, including membership, does not include Zoo Lights. Denver Zoo closes at 5 p.m. (gates close at 4 p.m.) and will reopen for Zoo Lights at 5:30 p.m.

Is there parking?

Free parking is available in our parking garage and surrounding city park lots. Parking can become congested and we ask guests to consider alternate modes of transportation to avoid parking issues.

How long does it take to walk around the Zoo at night?

It takes approximately 45-­90 minutes to see the whole display. Each visit and guest is different.

Is Zoo Lights ADA accessible?

Yes, but keep in mind that the paths may be icy in spots. Please use caution. Wheelchair-accessible parking is available.

Are there wheelchairs or wagons available onsite?

Starting at 5:30 p.m., a limited quantity of wheelchairs and wagons can be rented on a first­-come, first­-served basis. No reservations are accepted.

What areas of Denver Zoo will be closed during Zoo Lights?

A majority of Denver Zoo is open. Keep in mind many animals are not visible in the dark. Primate Panorama (monkeys and great apes) and Bird World are closed. Animal buildings open  include: Pahali Ya Simba, Pachyderms (black rhino, hippo), El Pomar Village Hall (Asian small-clawed otters, fishing cats), Clayton F. Freiheit Elephant House (Asian elephants), Giraffe House (giraffes), Tropical Discovery (fishes, reptiles, amphibians, howler monkeys).

Are pets allowed at Zoo Lights?

No, for safety of our guests and animals, pets of any kind are not allowed on Denver Zoo grounds. Assistance animals are allowed with some restrictions. Please check in with security at the main gate if you plan on bringing a service animal into the zoo.

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