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.

Throughout the evening, you’ll enjoy:

  • Falling snow in the winter wonderland
  • Pictures with Santa
  • Live music (see schedule below for weekends)
  • S’mores, sweet treats, 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!)

Members-only Night – December 5th: $4 for adults, $2 for children

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.

Zoo Lights Special Events:

Friday, Dec. 7th: Superheroes Night and Falcon Steel Band
Saturday, Dec. 8th: Princess Night and Jovert
Sunday, Dec. 9th: Tucson Desert Harmony Chorus
Friday, Dec. 14th: Thornydale Song Birds
Saturday, Dec. 15th: Cholla High School Band/Orchestra
Sunday, Dec. 16th: Frozen Night and Flowing Wells HS Choir
Thursday, Dec. 20th: Quadrant 44
Friday, Dec. 21st: Galactic Heroes Night and Marana High School
Saturday, Dec. 22nd: Allegro School of Music and Harry Lee
Friday, Dec. 28th: Good Shepherd and Friends

Community Nights: Reid Park Zoo is proud to be partnering with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and Tucson A List for Community Nights during Zoo Lights presented by Tucson Electric Power. Receive $1 off admission for Zoo Lights from Dec. 7th – 19th when you bring in a toy, can of food or pet supplies. For a complete list of donation items accepted, click here.

Holiday Zootique: NEW this year, Zoo Lights Holiday Zootique on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 where guests will be able to finish all their holiday shopping. With up to twenty vendors – guests are sure to find something for everyone on their list. See the complete list of vendors below:

Participating Vendors:
Arizona’s Tiny Thinkers – DIY children’s art kits and creative projects
Bridget Benson – Henna tattoos, facepainting
Brian Osserman’s Paintings
Carole’s Homemade Salsa
Choker’s by Jenny – Handmade choker jewelry
Gaby’s Closet Crocheted Crafts & Bows (only on 12/15)
Ingrid Keller Art & Face Painting
Life’Sweet Honey Farms – Pure, local Picture Rocks honey and beeswax
MKay Sense
Moni’s Paper Creations – Handmade greeting cards
Mountain Pass Soaps – Natural handmade soaps and candles
Nutmeg’s Treasures – Crochet work
Outlaw Kritters and Metal Ornaments – Whimsical animal and pet-lover jewelry and metal yard art
Paparadelle’s Pasta – All natural pastas with gluten-free varieties
Peace, Love & Smoked Cheese
Pure Poetry Cosmetics (only on 12/14) – Handmade natural cosmetic products
S&M Soaps and More – Natural soaps and bath products
Stoneman Glass
Uncle Wayne’s Gourmet Seasoning Salt & Spice Company – Gourmet spices and herb blends for cooking
What’snappenin’ Jewelry – Handmade “snap” jewelry

Encore Nights: Guests can enjoy the twinkling lights and animal displays during these extended nights of Zoo Lights presented by Tucson Electric Power from Wednesday, Dec. 26 until Sunday, Dec. 30 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Since Santa will have to return to the North Pole, there will be no pictures with Santa during this time.



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: