Share your wish list with Santa before he leaves on Dec. 23
Christmas is quickly approaching, and that means Santa soon has to prepare for his big trip. Visitors to Denver Zoo’s Zoo Lights, Presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, only have one week left to pay St. Nick a visit at the Zoo’s North Pole, presented by Bank of America,” before he packs up his sleigh on December 23. Come enjoy holiday treats, take a spin on the carousel, and share your wish list with the jolly old elf before he leaves this year’s 26th annual event! If you’re late purchasing your holiday presents, give the gift of Zoo Lights, which will continue to run nightly, sans Santa, through January 1, 2017, from 5:30-9 p.m., weather permitting.
Guests of this popular holiday tradition will experience a light safari with 60 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. This event promises a time like no other in Colorado. Festivities include live animal demonstrations, carolers, ice carvers, delicious holiday treats at warming stations throughout the Zoo and the ever-popular Zoo Year’s Eve party.
This year, the event will even incorporate the Zoo’s traveling exhibit, “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea,” presented by CH2M, which features 15 giant sculptures of marine life around the park made almost entirely from trash collected from beaches. Each of them will be lit for night-viewing and, for many guests, it will be a last chance to see them before the exhibit ends on January 16, 2017.
Admission to Zoo Lights, without a discount, is $17 for adults (12-64), $12 for children (3-11), $14 for senior citizens (65+). Children 2 and under are admitted free. Members get a $2 discount on all tickets. Denver Zoo is also offering an online discount to help guests avoid long lines. The Zoo will also run a shuttle for the remainder of the event, from the 40th and Colorado light rail station, to encourage guests to take alternative transportation. For more information on Zoo Lights, please call Denver Zoo at 720-337-1400 or visit www.denverzoo.org.
Zoo Lights is also supported by premier sponsors Bank of America, Ace Hardware and Denver7.
Zoo LigHts Special Events lineup:
- BUNK WITH THE BEASTS - DEC. 31
Our regular Bunk with the Beasts program lights up with holiday cheer. Ring in the new year at the “Zoo Year’s Eve Kids-Only” Bunk on December 31. Explore how wild animals adapt to winter habitats, enjoy Zoo Lights, and then, just like our animal residents, sleep overnight at the zoo! Sign up at http://denverzoo.org/classes-camps/overnights-family-and-child-only or contact Denver Zoo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-337-1400.
- LIVE ANIMAL DEMONSTRATIONS - THROUGH JAN. 1
Get up close and even touch animals from around the world inside Benson Predator Ridge on every night throughout Zoo Lights!
- WILD ICE - DEC. 16 – 18, 20 – 23, 29 - JAN. 1
Visit a special ice carving garden, filled with animal sculptures created by Santa's helpers with power tools, with a special focus this year on sea creatures.
- VISITS WITH SANTA - THROUGH DEC. 23
Naughty and nice children alike can bring their Christmas wish lists right to Santa and take a picture with the big guy himself before he flies home for his annual trip!
- CELEBRATE KWANZAA - DEC. 26-30
Denver Zoo will celebrate this African cultural holiday with music, entertainment and activities.
Join us on December 31, 2016 for Zoo Year's Eve during our Zoo Lights celebration. The evening features fun activities for the entire family and an early New Year's Eve countdown at 9 p.m. so your little ones can enjoy the holiday and still get home for bed early.
Zoo Lights is the largest lighting event in the Rocky Mountain Region and the largest annual event hosted by Denver Zoo. It takes Zoo staff members three months to set up the 60 acres of lights and displays and almost the same amount of time and manpower to dismantle them.