November 27, 2019 – January 19, 2020
5:30 – 10:30 p.m. nightly
Member Previews November 25 & 26. Ticket purchase required.
Millions of Sparkling Lights | Hundreds of Dazzling Displays | Live Reindeer
Polar Slide™ | Festive Food and Drink | And More!
NEW THIS YEAR
See animals in a whole new light with our amazing
Wildlife Lantern Safari, featuring more than 60 creatures — all aglow!
Animal viewing is limited during ZooLights.
- Wildlife Lantern Safari✨
Any Night ticket | $17.95
Value Night ticket | $12.95
Online discount | ($ 1 per ticket)
Any Night ticket | $19.95
Value Night ticket | $14.95
Online discount | ($ 1 per ticket)
Any Night Tickets
valid for any one night between:
Nov. 27, 2019 and
Jan. 19, 2020
Value Night Tickets
valid for any one night on:
November 27 – 28
December 1-5, 9-12, 16-19
This year we’re introducing a brand new attraction – and we call it the Wildlife Lantern Safari. The Chinese lantern festival usually refers to the “spring lantern festival” that culminates at the end of the Chinese New Year. Lanterns originated in the Western Han Dynasty and are ancient Chinese traditional crafts.
A “lantern festival” is known as the conduit toward peace, forgiveness and/or reconciliation. It symbolically carries people’s expectations for a better life and prosperity in the coming year. Here at the Phoenix Zoo, we’re putting our own animal twist on the celebration.
In ancient times, oil paper or satin were used to make the outer skin of the lantern, bamboo was used to make the skeleton and candles were placed in the middle. In modern times, with the progress of science and technology, the production of color lanterns has changed a lot.
“The Zoo is excited to bring these wildlife lanterns to brighten up our Africa Trail during the winter season from now through the run of ZooLights,” said Bonnie Mendoza, Executive Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer. “Animal lanterns include species on exhibit at the Zoo like giraffe, tigers and a rhinoceros as well as other spectacular displays of hippos, okapi and a brown bear. We expect our guests, young and old, to thoroughly enjoy these added lantern elements and spend more time strolling through the Zoo, creating lasting memories with their friends and family.”
As technology has improved, electricity is used to illuminate the lanterns while using the same traditional lantern-making skills of the past. Guests can see a monkey village “glow” as high as 18 feet along with two gorgeous herds of zebras. Not to mention meerkats, African elephants, lions, mandrills and everything in between.
Aligning ZooLights with our mission of inspiring others and motivating them to care for the natural world has been a seamless fit.
|12.04.19||Chandler Children’s Choir|
|12.05.19||Dei Gloriam Handbell Choir|
|12.12.19||Dobson High Chamber|
|12.18.19||HiDEF and Friends|
|12.19.19||Marcos De Niza Chamber Choir|
|12.20.19||Miss Amy’s Music Imaginarium|
|12.26.19||House of Harmony|
|1.02.20||Desert Vista Music Club|
|1.09.20||Cesar Chavez Leadership Academy Flute Choir|
Back by popular demand, reindeer will once again be making the Zoo their holiday home!
Their “village” is now open during the day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) as well as at ZooLights beginning on November 27. Guests have the opportunity for a “magical” photo op during ZooLights (6 – 9 p.m.) and can learn more about these fascinating and unique animals through January 19.
Last entry is at 10:00 p.m.
✦ $2 off for Zoo members! ✦
ZooLights tickets are non-refundable. There are no separate prices for children or seniors. Children two and under are free. If you pre-purchased tickets, but are unable to attend, consider giving them as gifts to friends or family. All tickets have a barcode that admit one person. Once scanned, the ticket cannot be used again. Photocopies will not be accepted. Tickets may not be resold and are not replaceable if lost. Guests with Value Night tickets that show up on a non-Value Night will be allowed to upgrade to an Any Night ticket for an additional fee in the Guest Services lobby or any ticket window. Upgrades cannot be done online. Your ticket purchase supports the Phoenix Zoo, a non-profit organization that receives no operational funding from the city or any public source.
- Purchase your tickets online to save time when you arrive.
- Plan your route. Get directions from Google Maps.
- Carpool with family and friends.
- Watch for message boards when approaching the Zoo for parking information.
- The main parking lot is city-owned, not Zoo-owned.
- Park ONLY in designated parking spaces.
- If you park illegally, tickets will be issued by the city or your car may be towed.
- The Zoo is not liable for parking tickets received by ZooLights visitors.
- It is illegal to park on Galvin Parkway.
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