November 1, 2021

Zoo Lights: 6 Tips for a Brilliant Night

Maximize the magic with these insider hacks

1. Bring a mask for everyone in your party.

PLEASE NOTE THAT MASKS ARE REQUIRED indoors at Denver Zoo for guests 2+, per City of Denver Public Health Order issued 11/24/21. Please make sure that everyone in your party is covered, so you can enoy ALL the wonders of Zoo Lights!

2. Zoo Lights WILL sell out most nights, so get your tickets in advance.

As the brilliant capstone to 125 Years of Love, Zoo Lights promises to be brighter than ever this year—with a colorful crop of NEW installations and offerings, PLUS our most festive favorites, including nightly ice-carving demonstrations, festive food and drink, and so much more!

But since we proudly offer the wildest Christmas lights in Denver, Zoo Lights tickets typically sell out most nights. We strongly recommend planning ahead and securing tickets for your desired night well in advance. BUY NOW

3. Tickets are online only—please arrive with your tickets ready to show.

Remember, Zoo Lights tickets are NOT available at the gate. You’ll need to buy tickets in advance, for a specific date and time. After you purchase your tickets, you’ll receive an email confirmation and PDF attachment entitled “Tickets.” For speedy entry, please have your tickets pulled up on your phone (or printed, if you choose) when you arrive.

NOTE: Confirmation emails are NOT Zoo Lights tickets, and we can't accept those at the gate.

4. Make your evening even brighter with our sparkling suite of add-ons!

Start a new tradition with one (or more) of our add-on packages! Our Glow Package inclues custom 3-D HoloSpex glasses and a souvenir mug filled with your choice of hot cocoa or cider. Our Wild Ride Trio includes a 4D Theater experience, a ride on the Conservation Carousel and a spin on Denver Zoo Railroad, Presented by Union Pacific.

And our Sweet + Salty Duo includes specialty popcorn in a souvenir Zoo Lights bucket, PLUS cozy hot cocoa in a memory-making Zoo Lights mug. Click any of the links to add to your Zoo Lights tickets.

5. Find some nocturnal friends—and warm up in the process.

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; don't forget to look up, as our new sloth tree should be swingin' slow motion, that is.

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 often active, accessible…and always adorable in the you might see our elephants, rhinos and hippo out and about!

6. 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 six 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. BUY NOW

Gates close at 8:00 p.m. with 9:00 p.m. end time Sunday-Thursday. Gates close at 9:00 p.m. with 10:00 p.m. end time on Friday and Saturday. We hope you enjoy the wildest Christmas lights in Denver: Zoo Lights!




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