Zoo Lights 2018

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 — Sunday, December 30, 2018
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm


Twinkling lights, hot chocolate, and family.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Zoo Lights, presented by Tucson Electric Power. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll under the twinkling lights of Tucson’s favorite holiday tradition. Thousands of twinkling lights and lighted animals displays illuminated the beautiful Zoo grounds with sounds of the season being heard throughout the Zoo.

Zoo Lights begins with a Members-only night on December 5 and then opens to the public from December 6th through the 23rd with Encore Nights December 26th through the 30th. Santa will not be at the Encore Nights as he will have returned to the North Pole. Join us Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 at the Zoo Lights Holiday Zootique to finish your holiday shopping. With up to twenty vendors – we are sure you will find something for everyone on your list.

Throughout the evening, you’ll enjoy:

  • Falling snow in the winter wonderland
  • Pictures with Santa
  • Live music (see schedule below for weekends)
  • S’mores, cinnamon rolls, and hot chocolate (with or without spirits!)
  • Thousands of twinkling lights and lighted animals displays
  • The great feeling of knowing your ticket purchase has helped save wild animals


  • $10 for Adults
  • $6 for Children (2-14)
  • Children 1-year-old or younger are free
  • Members get $2 off admission
    (Not a member yet? Click here to sign up today!)

Additional Details:

  • Zoo Lights is a family-friendly event.
  • Carousel rides will be available for an additional fee.
  • Food from Taste Catering will be available throughout the Zoo for purchase.
  • Tickets are non-refundable. Discounts cannot be combined.
  • Animals will have access to heated habitats behind-the-scenes for this event, and will likely choose to be off habitat.

Live Music:
December 7th: Falcon Steel
December 8th: Jovert
December 9th: Tucson Desert Harmony Chorus
December 14th: Thornydale Song Birds
December 15th: Cholla High School Band/Orchestra
December 16th: Palo Verde High School
December 21st: Marana High School
December 28th: Good Shepherd and Friends

Thank you Title Sponsor:



Thank you Light Show Sponsor:


Thank you Santa’s Workshop Sponsor:

Thank you Theme Zone Sponsors:


Thank you Zoo Lights Partners: