Date: Sunday, November 24, 2019

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Age: Open to all ages! Children two and under are free

Join Us for CU Night
at Zoo Lights


Experience the rush of holiday happiness at Zoo Lights with fellow Forever Buffs, but without the crowds! Join us this year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving to kick off your holiday festivities. Also new this year: Staggered admission! Pick what time works best for your family and friends. Please read the important details below prior to reserving your tickets online. 


General admission tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children 3 and above.  These tickets are valid for entry at 5:30pm and 7:00pm.

VIP early admission tickets are valid for entry at 5pm.  Although your VIP electronic ticket will arrive with a 5:30pm event time, please bring your electronic ticket to our VIP gate 1 for entrance any time from 5pm on.  For the VIP package, prices are $30 adult and $25 for children 3 and above.  Please select the $30 adult and $25 kids pricing for the VIP package. 


5:30 PM

7:00 PM

CU Night at Zoo Lights includes ($20 adults/$15 kids):

  • Unlimited hot chocolate and cider for all guests
  • Photos with Santa and Chip
  • Scavenger hunt and trivia throughout the zoo with the opportunity to win candy and CU prizes
  • Chance to hear from a wide array of CU Boulder performers at the event including an exclusive performance of It’s a Wonderful Life by students from the CU Opera department and holiday caroling from the Buffoons and Mile 21 a cappella groups
  • Smaller crowds due to an exclusive evening for the CU community only. No parking hassles!
  • Access to other zoo attractions including the train and carousel
  • Concession-style food will be available for purchase

For an additional fee guests can:

Purchase an early-entry package ($30 adults/$25 kids 3 and older) which includes s’mores and private gate entry at 5 p.m. to secure a guaranteed spot in line to visit with Santa and have your photo taken by a professional photographer. Photos will be printed onsite and can be purchased on-line thereafter.