Zoo Lights 2019

Thursday, December 5, 2019 — Monday, December 30, 2019

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Get ready for Holiday Magic: Twinkling lights, hot chocolate, and family fun.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Zoo Lights: Holiday Magic, presented by Tucson Electric Power! Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the twinkling lights of Tucson’s favorite holiday tradition. Over one million twinkling lights illuminate the beautiful Zoo grounds with sounds of the season flowing throughout the Zoo. Zoo Lights begins with a Members-only night on December 4 and then opens to the public from December 5-23 with Encore Nights December 26-30.

Throughout the evening, you’ll enjoy:

  • Falling snow in the winter wonderland
  • Pictures with Santa December 5-23
  • Live music
  • S’mores, sweet treats, and hot chocolate (with or without spirits!)
  • Over one million twinkling lights and lighted animals displays
  • The great feeling of knowing your ticket purchase helps save wild animals and wild places


  • $10 for Adults
  • $6 for Children (2-14)
  • Children 1-year-old or younger are free
  • Members get $3 off admission
    (Not a member yet? Click here to sign up today!)

Members-only Night – December 4: $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.

Holiday Cheer With More Details Near!

Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle: there is so much holiday magic news to come! Check back with us as December approaches to learn more about entertainment, community partnerships, special character nights, and community group nights.

Community Nights: Reid Park Zoo is proud to partner with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona,  the 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 when you bring in a toy, can of food or pet supplies. For a complete list of donation items accepted, click here.

Brew Lights: Enjoy the holiday festivities while indulging in local craft beer! These VIP tickets include six tastings of local craft beer and a souvenir cup. Learn more about Brew Lights on our event page.

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 – 8 p.m. Santa has to return to the after the holiday North Pole, so there will be no pictures with Santa during this time.



Thank you Presenting Sponsor:



Thank you Light Show Sponsor:


Thank you Santa’s Workshop Sponsor:

Thank you Theme Zone Sponsors:


Thank you Zoo Lights Partners: