Illuminating Your Holiday Season
The holiday tradition shines brighter than ever as the Phoenix Zoo
ushers in another magical season of ZooLights
ZooLights, presented by SRP and powered by EarthWise™ Energy, will light up the sky for its 26th season on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, and every evening thereafter through January 14, 2018.
To kick off the festive season of the magical light display, nearly 60 members of the ASU Marching Band will lead a procession of holiday revelers from the Zoo’s front gate to Savanna Park for a tree lighting ceremony of the Zoo’s three-story tree.
Guests are welcomed to ZooLights as they stroll under a canopy of sparkling, twinkling and dancing lights on the Zoo’s main bridge. Returning are pals Tortuga, the talking Galápagos tortoise and Jengo the talking giraffe who entertain guests with their quick wit and amazing knowledge. Enjoy two Music in Motion shows including Dreams of Fireflies by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and a medley of classic holiday carols.
New this year: Look for several 3-D displays including a giant cupcake, candy pieces and carrots for the family of illuminated rabbits. Also new to ZooLights; anteater and beetle armatures as well as a larger than life Utahraptor lighted display to represent the Zoo’s newest exhibit, Dinosaurs in the Desert. Enjoy traditional favorites such as the elephant and giraffe families, the 3-D snake, tiger, scorpion and the swinging primates. Experience camel rides, carousel, Stingray Bay, and be sure to see Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer shine bright in the Zoo’s 4-D Theater.
Special this year to ZooLights: Dinosaurs in the Desert! Encounter a prehistoric creature around every corner, a must-see experience, (only enhanced by the nighttime atmosphere). All experiences and activities are open for an additional fee during ZooLights. Santa will greet guests and offer photo opportunities near the Zoo’s Leapin’ Lagoon splash pad each night, with his last appearance being December 23.
Also, entertainment groups such as carolers and bell choirs will entertain the crowds on Wednesday and Thursday evenings throughout December.
The Zoo strives to be environmentally friendly and transition more and more lights every year to LED. This year, the Zoo is proud to say that 100% of our lights are LED. Also, ZooLights is presented by SRP and powered by EarthWise™ Energy, generated from sun, wind and biomass.
ZooLights is brought to you in part by MetroPCS, Groupon, Macy’s and KEZ.
Ticket prices vary from $10.95 to $19.95, depending on the evening you choose and if you are a Phoenix Zoo member. Children two and younger are free.