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ZooLights! It’s Amazing Christmas Lights at the Phoenix Zoo!

Have you been to the Phoenix Zoo recently? Even if you have, I would highly recommend visiting this Christmas season for their annual ZooLights event! It’s the time every year when the zoo decorates the entire park with so many lights you won’t be able to count them — 3.7 million total lights. This event is hugely popular, one of the top Christmas events in Phoenix.

(For more ideas to make your Christmas season magical, check out our article listing 7 Fun Christmas Events in Phoenix.)


Prices range from $15-20/person, and there’s the option to add on the new Bug exhibit (which we recommend). Check out the zoo website for discounted tickets and value days. Kids two and under are always free! Note that this is a separate cost from general zoo admission. You may see some animals during this event, but the main focus is the lights.

In addition to the light display, there are lots of moving lights, 3D displays, and a talking giraffe named Jengo. He tells funny jokes and sings songs. On most evenings you can see Santa Clause (photo opportunity that costs additional money).

There’s a Polar Slide ($3 per ride) which is dubbed as 200 feet of snow tubing experience. And new this year is seeing live reindeer, visit Stingray Bay and taking in a show at the 4D theatre. These are all included with admission!

Parking is always free at the Phoenix Zoo. Nearly 300,000 people visit ZooLights each year. It is considered the largest light show at a zoo in the United States. Believe it or not, they begin installing the show in mid-July! It takes that long to install all of the lights and prepare everything.


The event runs from Nov 21, 2018 – Jan 13, 2019. Entry times are 5:30pm-10:30pm. The least crowded times to visit are Monday-Wednesday, after 7:30pm, or after Christmas. Bring hot chocolate and candy canes (and warm clothing) and enjoy this wonderful time of the year as a family.

Click here to view our video from Zoolights 2014!

Phoenix Zoo
455 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, Arizona 85008

More family friendly ideas this month: Holiday Ligbt Shows in Phoenix and 7 Fun Christmas Events in Phoenix.

Chris and Jana

We live in Scottsdale, AZ and have three children, ages 8, 4 and 8 months. They are full of energy, and so we're always looking for new things to do. Come join our family adventures!


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