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November 22–January 8, 2022


5 PM to 10 PM (Fri and Sat)
5 PM to 9 PM (Sun to Thur)




All ages

Zoo Lights

Sold out through January 2nd. ADDITIONAL DATES of 1/6-1/8 available. Join us in January for post-holiday lights!

As the brilliant capstone to 125 Years of Love, our 2021 event promises to be brighter than ever—with a colorful crop of NEW installations and offerings, PLUS our most festive favorites, including nightly ice-carving demonstrations. 

With two million LED lights sparkling over 80 acres and delights around every corner, Zoo Lights is Denver’s wildest holiday gathering. Outdoor animal viewing during Zoo Lights is limited to cold-weather species such as Amur tiger, Bactrian camel, Przewaskli’s horse and most of our pachyderms. But our Tropical Discovery building will be open, offering access to 1,800 animals—including fish, frogs, snakes, lizards, capybaras and sloths—in a cozy indoor space.

In addition, El Pomar Village Hall is home to fishing cats and Asian small-clawed otters, both of which are busy hunting and playing at night. And, as always, your ticket helps create a brighter future for wildlife, here and around the world. Let’s raise a glass together!

PLEASE NOTE: MASKS ARE REQUIRED indoors at Denver Zoo for guests 2+, per City of Denver Public Health Order issued 11/24/21.

Members: $20 adults / $10 kids
(discount valid Nov. 22–Dec. 3 only)
Non-Members: $25 adults / $15 kids
(ALL guests pay regular price Dec. 4–Jan. 2)

Nov 1: Member tickets on sale
Nov 15: General public tickets on sale at 10:00 a.m.
Nov 22–Dec 3: Members-only dates
Dec 4–Jan 8: Everyone Welcome
Dec 31: Low-Sensory Night


Zoo Lights: Low-Sensory Night

A Special New Year's Eve Experience for Guests with SPD

Created in collaboration between our Event Staff and external partners with SPD expertise, Zoo Lights: Low-Sensory Night will treat guests to all the magic of Zoo Lights, without some of the features that may be triggering—including strobing, flashing, blinking, loud music and even our iconic train whistle. For more information on the event, click the button below.

Presented by Union Pacific Railroad



 • Exciting new light displays for 2021 

• Live ice carving exhibitions with w/local artisans 

• Seasonal craft cocktails and holiday treats 

• Special add-on packages w/ Holospex + more 

• Safe + socially distanced outdoor celebration 

• Cold-weather species viewing (at animals’ discretion) 

Making Spirits Bright

Zoo Lights is even more brilliant with our sparkling suite of add-ons!


Group Size:

6 total guests

Age Limit:

Open to ages 6 and older


Add a Giraffe Feeding to your Zoo Lights experience, and enjoy an intimate encounter with some of our AMAZING animals and their keepers—including a chance to hand-feed a member of our herd!

Up Close Looks Giraffe Indoor Zoo Lights


Make your evening even more brilliant with our Glow Package—including Zoo Lights custom 3-D HoloSpex glasses and a souvenir mug filled with your choice of hot cocoa or cider.


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