Zoo Lights 2019

Thursday, December 5, 2019 — Monday, December 30, 2019
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

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. Every night the event runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

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.

Zoo Lights Special Guests:

Thursday, December 5: Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus
Friday, December 6: Cholla High School Music Programs, Metro PCS
Saturday, December 7: 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.
Sunday, December 8: Desert Chameleon Brass Ensemble
Monday, December 9: Theme Night: Yelp Elite Night, Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene
Wednesday, December 11: Theme Night: Senior Night, Tucson Women’s Chorus
Thursday, December 12: Catalina Foothills High School Falcon Steel Band
Friday, December 13: Theme Night: Pirate Night with the Pirates of Kokopelli’s Cave, Flowing Wells High School Choralaires, Metro PCS
Saturday, December 14: Theme Night: Princess Night with Tucson Ever After, Centerstage Singers, Tucson Electric Power’s Environmental Energy Exchange, Metro PCS
Sunday, December 15: Theme Night: Holiday ZOOtique Shopping Night with Desert Peach Vendors, Canyon del Oro High School Orchestra, Something Glitzy Glitter Tattoos
Monday, December 16: C4
Tuesday, December 17: Ballet Folklorico Tapatio
Wednesday, December 18: Mariachi Los Potrillos from Cholla High School
Thursday, December 19: Tucson High Magnet School Choir
Friday, December 20: Theme Night: Holly-Daze Ugly Sweater Night, Tucson Desert Harmony Chorus, Metro PCS
Saturday, December 21: Theme Night: Holiday ZOOtique Shopping Night with Desert Peach Vendors, Saguaro Strutters, Metro PCS, Something Glitzy Glitter Tattoos
Sunday, December 22: Quadrant 44
Friday, December 27: Good Shepard and Son


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. From December 5 – 19, 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.

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 North Pole after the holiday, 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 Snow Sponsor:

Thank you Theme Zone Sponsors:


Thank you Zoo Lights Partners: