December 3, 2019

Zoo Lights: Happenings + Hacks

5 Insider Tips to Maximize the Magic at Zoo Lights 30th Anniversary Celebration

1. Get your tickets in advance.

Now in its 30th year, Zoo Lights presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores is transforming Denver Zoo into the city’s wildest winter wonderland, with more than two million lights sparkling over 80 acres. And here’s the best part: the actual lights are just the beginning! We asked a few experienced zoolighters to share their favorite tips for enjoying an unforgettable evening—along with a few insider hacks to save money, avoid hassles and keep your family safe.

We can’t stress this enough: Zoo Lights tickets are NOT available at the gate during Zoo Lights. You’ll need to buy tickets in advance, for a specific date and time. The event tends to sell out most weekends and every night in the last two weeks of December. If you can, attend on a weeknight during the first two weeks of the month. BUY NOW

Already have your night reserved? Make sure to print out your tickets, and arrive with your entire ticketed party, to make admission go as smoothly as possible. Confirmation emails are NOT tickets, and we can't accept those at the gate.

2. Go whole hog with a VIP Package.

While our actual red river hogs will likely be in dreamland during your visit, you can still go whole hog with a VIP Package—including entry to dedicated VIP areas (with warming stations), PLUS one adult beverage, a DIY S'Mores or Cookie Kit, a souvenir mug filled with cocoa or cider, souvenir Holospex glasses and Animal Demos inside Norgren Hall.
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3. Add some tall boys to your Zoo Lights menu.

Make your evening completely unforgettable with a Giraffe Feeding! With this special and intimate experience, you'll have the opportunity to "buy out" a giraffe feeding for up to four members of your personal pod. Our knowledgeable giraffe experts will be on hand to help you get to know each member of the herd as you hand-feed them some of their favorite treats. Learn about their unique personalities and biology—including their prehensile tongues, 25-pound hearts and adorable ossicones.

4. Find some nocturnal friends.

December evenings can be downright brisk here in Denver—so if you’re feeling the chill, it’s probably time to check out one of our indoor exhibits. Tropical Discovery is reliably cozy, with many species active after dark. El Pomar Village Hall is home to fishing cats and Asian small-clawed otters, both of which are busy hunting and playing at night. Pachyderms are also active, accessible…and adorable. Our plan is to keep as many of our indoor spaces open as possible, with pulsed entry to maintain social distancing. But of course, this is subject to change for a variety of reasons.

5. Celebrate 30 years of magic with us—safely.

We know there hasn't been a TON to celebrate this year. But Zoo Lights has officially been making magic, memories, and even marriages for 30 years, and we think that's pretty exciting! To honor this milestone, we're creating a commemorative animated light sculpture featuring new mom Tensing, our greater one-horned rhino, along with adorable baby Joona.

And of course, we've already taken all kinds of steps to ensure that you, your family, our staff and our animals stay safe—including reduced group sizes, limited admission, required masks, strict disinfecting protocols and a one-way path around the entire Zoo. We hope our 30th Anniversary Celebration will provide a sparkly little slice of normalcy during these incredibly weird times. See you soon!

All gates will close at 10:30 p.m. We hope you have a fantastic 30th Anniversary Zoo Lights!

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