November 9, 2023

Zoo Lights: 5 Tips to Make Spirits Bright

Maximize the magic with these insider hacks


1. New in 2023 - Three sparkling pricing tiers

Exclusive to our members, snatch up your tickets for just $20 for adults and $13 for kids during our members-only dates. Hurry, it's members-only madness from Nov 24 to Dec 1!

Embrace the standard price of $25 for adults and $18 for kids from Dec 4 to 7, 11 to 14, 31, and the first week of January. Because who says you can't start the New Year with a roar?

If you're looking to up the ante and make your Zoo Lights experience truly peak, splash out on our Peak Pricing days! $28 for adults and $21 for kids will have you shining bright on Dec 2, 3, and the sparkling stretch from Dec 8 to 30. Get ready to light up the night!

2. Tickets are online only—please arrive with your PDF 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. We can't accept those at the gate.

3. Make spirits 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 includes custom 3-D HoloSpex glasses and a souvenir mug filled with your choice of hot cocoa or cider. The Zoo it All Pass gives you all-access pass to our train, carousel and 4D Experience. 

4. Add some tall boys (and girls) to your menu. 

Make your evening completely unforgettable with a Giraffe Feeding! With this intimate experience, you'll have the opportunity to "buy out" a giraffe feeding for up to six people. 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. BUY NOW

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 sloth tree should be swingin'...in 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. This is an excellent chance to catch a glimpse of adorable otter family or meet our fishing cats. Pachyderms are also often active and accessible in the evening...so you might see our elephants, rhinos and hippo out and about!




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