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Phoenix ZooLights For The Holidays


Don’t miss the Phoenix ZooLights for the holidays this year!   We have spotlighted the Phoenix ZooLights this holiday season.



Don’t miss a visit to the 28th Anniversary of the Phoenix ZooLights this holiday season.  The Phoenix Zoo puts on a spectacular light display on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 07, 2020 –  JANUARY 31, 2021 (5:30 PM – 10:30 PM)


Zoolights Hours of Operation

The Phoenix Zoolights is one of the largest holiday light displays in the country.  Additionally, you will be enchanted by almost four million lights as you stroll throughout the zoo. Also, it takes 4 people almost 14 weeks to install the display. a

Additionally, there are lights shimmering in the trees, light displays are found all through the park.  Additionally, there is the music in motion that plays along the lake.  It is breathtaking to see all the lights reflecting off the water!  Everywhere you look you will see bright, sparkling, and amazing lights displays.

Phoenix ZooLights For The Holidays

The Phoenix Zoo opened in 1962 and is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States. Robert Maytag is recognized as the founder of the Phoenix Zoo.  The park is located on 125 acres of land in the Papago Park area of Phoenix.  Zoolights is the zoo’s largest fundraiser of the year.  The Proceeds go to the care of the 3000 plus animals, with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened/endangered species.

Phoenix ZooLights For The Holidays

The Zoo will close at 3:00 PM daily to prepare for ZooLights!

The lights come on at 5:30 pm and stay on until 10:30 pm. The ZooLights creative displays include butterflies, lion cubs, peacocks, hummingbirds and flowers, stingrays, and a tiger, with 12 – 30 new displays added each year to keep the experience fresh and updated for visitors.

COVID - 19 Safety Precautions
By county mandate, guests six years old and over must wear a face covering when entering the Zoo and within six feet of Zoo employees or when social distancing is not possible with other guests. If you choose not to comply, you may be asked to leave the Zoo. Capacity in the park will be limited, however with 125 acres to roam there is plenty of room to roam. They will keep a careful eye on park capacity and there may be times where guests may need to wait for 5 – 15 minutes before being allowed in to allow for recommended social distancing.

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What is there to do at ZooLights?

Phoenix ZooLights For The Holidays will excite everyone!   Also, Viewers of all ages will find the vast array of breathtaking displays completely engaging. Stroll the grounds and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or apple cider.

Listen to the squeals of excitement as children see the lights changing colors.  Watch the lighted, animal shapes come to life. Aso, check out the Zoo website for ticket prices which vary based on anticipated peak attendance nights.  Also, grab your hats and gloves and stroll through the Phoenix Zoo lights. Make this a family holiday tradition. The lights and exhibits change yearly.



Don’t forget the Carousel

Don’t miss a ride on the carousel when you visit the  Phoenix ZooLights for the holidays. Phoenix ZooLights For The Holidays The carousel can be found a short distance inside the main entrance, just to the right as you enter.  It is near the Safari Train Station. This carousel was designed to help young children be aware of animal species that are in danger of extinction.The carousel does this in a fun engaging way.


Best time to Arrive at ZooLights

Arrive early to avoid the crowds at Phoenix ZooLights For The Holidays.  Additionally, ZooLights attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year, so the popular event can get crowded.  Also, folks arriving with small children may want to arrive when the zoo first opens up at 5:30 PM.  You want to have plenty of time to see all the zoo has to offer while still getting the little ones home on time!  In Phoenix, it will start being dark at 5:30, perfect for seeing  ZooLights!  And, On the backside, arrive closer to 7:30 PM and avoid some of the crowds!  The least crowded nights are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays in early December, and the first week of January.

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Easily Accessible to Everyone

Phoenix ZooLights For The Holidays

First of all, the park is fully accessible to everyone.

Additionally, wheelchairs and strollers alike move easily along the paths of the zoo making the entire park and all the lights accessible to everyone!

Wheelchairs and strollers:

Available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. Membership discounts may apply. The rental area is located to your right after entering the Phoenix Zoo through the turnstiles. All rental items will be appropriately sanitized between visitors.

All prices include a refundable deposit when the rental item is returned before the zoo closing.

  • Wheelchairs: Member $14, General $15
  • Electric scooter: Member $40, General $45

Strollers are available for daily rental.

  • Single strollers: Member $9, General $10
  • Double strollers: Member $11, General $12

Effective September 2, 2018, the Phoenix Zoo EBT Discount Program (valid on Sundays ONLY) is increasing its rate from $5 to $8. Also, cardholders may buy up to four (4) general daytime admission tickets at the Phoenix Zoo EBT Program admission rate.  Additionally, tickets purchased through the Phoenix Zoo EBT Program are only valid on the date on which they were purchased.

What should I wear?

Evenings can be cool at the zoo. So dress warmly. Phoenix may experience weather is the ’80’s in December or chilly temps down into the ’40s.  Also, it is always best to layer and bring a sweater or jacket.  To help you determine the likely temperatures as you stroll the park. Check out local weather conditions.

Is there Shopping Available at the Zoo?

There is great shopping available at the Desert Marketplace.  Here, you will find unique souvenirs to remember your visit to the zoo.  Many are animal themed items.  There is clothing for kids and adults alike.  Also, you will find hats, jewelry, and artwork.  There are books and stuffed animals for kids of all ages!  The marketplace is open during normal zoo hours.  It is easy to enter the Marketplace and complete your shopping as you leave the zoo.  Forgot something? Check out the Desert Marketplace online store.  Click Here

Desert Marketplace – Visit our online store!

Desert Marketplace is the place for one-of-a-kind souvenirs to remember your visit to the Phoenix Zoo. You’ll find clothing for kids and adults, hats, jewelry, artwork, toys, books, stuffed animals and so much more!

Desert Marketplace is open during normal Zoo business hours. Or shop online!

For more information, call 602.286.3800 x7556.


Check out the Zoo website for ticket prices which vary based on anticipated peak attendance nights.

Tickets range from $12.95 – $19.25 with special pricing for those with a zoo membership.  Also, check out the Peak and off-peak pricing to save money on tickets.  Finally, what is new at the zoo this year?  Bugs, Big Bugs!  This exhibit started October 27, 2018, and will continue through April 28, 2019.

You can purchase combo tickets to include the Zoolight and the Big Bugs!    Click here to purchase your Zoolights tickets.


Make the Zoolights part of an evening out!  Check out the 15 area Restaurants within 2 miles of the Zoo.

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Phoenix ZooLights For The Holidays
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See the ZooLights in Phoenix, Az. Amazing lights throughout the Phoenix zoo. Days and hours of operation. See the COVID-19 precautions being taken.
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