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Zoo Lights 2017

December 1 - December 31, 2017

*Denver Zoo will be closed Christmas day (December 25)

5:30-9 p.m.

Zoo Lights will span through 60 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 1 until December 31, 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. 

BUY ONLINE AND SAVE. LIMITED TICKETS EACH NIGHT!

Scroll down for pricing and to purchase tickets.

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Pricing

Value Night Admission Fees

December 1 - 14

*Value Night tickets will not be accepted at the Zoo Lights gate any night after December 14

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

December 15 - 31

*Value Night tickets will not be accepted at the Zoo Lights gate any night after December 14

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. 

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Zoo Lights Map

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ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT

Winter Wonderland

  • Animal Encounters
    6:00–8:00pm

North Pole

  • Santa (November 24–25, December 1–23)
    5:30–9:00pm
  • Choir Stage (Select nights)
    6:00–8:00pm
  • Princess Meet & Greet (Fridays and Saturdays)
    5:30-7:30pm
  • Zoo Year’s Eve (December 31)

Electric Jungle

  • African Penguin Keeper Talk
    6:30pm
  • Conservation Carousel (Weather dependent)
    5:30–9:00pm
  • Pioneer Train (Weather dependent)
    5:30–9:00pm
  • Caroling Train Elves NEW!
    5:30-9:00pm

Northern Lights

  • Ice Carver (December 1-23, 29-31)
    6:00-9:00pm

Safari of Lights

  • Tiger Demonstration (Select nights)
    7:30pm

Sea of Lights

  • Fire Performances (Wednesdays & Thursdays)
    6:00–8:00pm

SHOPPING & RESTAURANTS

WINTER WONDERLAND

 

SHOPPING

  • Kibongi Market
  • Wagon Rental                 

HOLIDAY TREAT LOCATIONS

  • Jingle Java
    Holiday Spirits, Hot Beverage Refill Station, Holiday Treats
  • Samburu Grille
    Loaded Nachos, Traditional Grill Items, Hand Tossed Pizza

NORTH POLE

 

SHOPPING

  • Illumination Station

HOLIDAY TREAT LOCATIONS

  • S’mores Snack Shack
  • Sweet Traditions Tent
    Funnel Cakes, Churros, Pretzels, Popcorn, Kettle Corn, Holiday Spirits, Hot Beverage Refills

ELECTRIC JUNGLE

 

SHOPPING

  • The Toy Shoppe

HOLIDAY TREAT LOCATIONS

  • Brown Bear Restaurant
    Hot Dogs, Chili Dogs, Snacks, Holiday Spirits, Hot Beverages
  • Sweet Traditions Tent
    Funnel Cakes, Churros, Pretzels, Popcorn, Kettle Corn, Holiday Spirits, Hot Beverage Refills
  • Craft Fine Foods Truck
    Grilled Cheese, Specialty Mac n’ Cheese, Holiday Spirits, Hot Beverages

FESTIVAL OF LANTERNS

 

HOLIDAY TREAT LOCATION

  • The Doughnut Shop at Kamala Café
    Hot Fresh Doughnuts, Sweet Treats, Hot Beverages

FAQs

What are the Zoo Lights hours?

Zoo Lights runs from 5:30-9:00pm

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 receive discounted admission, see pricing here.

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 4:00pm and grounds will be cleared at 5:00pm. Gates will reopen at 5:30pm 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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