ZooLights 2021: Holiday Magic

Friday, December 3, 2021 — Thursday, December 30, 2021
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 ZooLights: Holiday Magic, presented by Tucson Electric Power! Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the twinkling lights of Tucson’s favorite holiday tradition. Glittering lights illuminate the beautiful Zoo grounds with sounds of the season flowing throughout the Zoo. ZooLights begins with a Members-only night on December 2 and then opens to the public from December 3-23 with Encore Nights December 26-30. Please note that Santa flies home after Christmas and will not be in attendance for Encore Nights. 

Throughout the evening, you’ll enjoy:

  • Falling snow
  • Visits with Santa through December 23
  • Festive entertainment
  • Sweet treats, and hot chocolate (with or without spirits!)
  • Thousands of glowing lights and lighted animals displays
  • The great feeling of knowing your ticket purchase helps save wild animals and wild places



$11 for Adults (ages 15 – 61), $9 for Seniors (ages 62+), $7 for Children (ages 2-14), Children 1-year-old or younger enter free

Members get $3 off ZooLights admission throughout the event (Not a member yet? Sign up today!)

Members-only Night – December 2: $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children

Bulk ticket rates are available for groups of 30 or more.  Inquire about bulk tickets!

Give Back and Get a Discount:

Bring a donation of 2 cans of food for the Community Food Bank (check out this list of their most needed items), a dog or cat toy or food for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, or a new unwrapped toy for La Frontera and receive $1 off admission. Limit $1 discount per admission ticket. Discount applicable to tickets purchased at the gate and in person.

Additional Details:

Zoo Lights is a family-friendly event.

Carousel rides will be available for an additional fee.

Food from Craft Culinary Concepts 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.


Thank You To Our Sponsors

Presented by


Santa’s Workshop Sponsor


Snow Sponsor

Special Evenings and Entertainment Schedule:

December 2: Zoo Members’ Exclusive Evening Entertainment by the Ronstadt Duo
December 3:– Public Opening Night and BrewLights. Entertainment by After 7
December 4: Photos and entertainment by the Grinch
December 5: Entertainment by The Manhattan Dolls
December 7: Catalina High School Steel Drum Band
December 8: Naim Amor Trio
December 9: Entertainment by Roskruge K-8 Bilingual School Mariachi and Ballet Folklorico
December 10: Mariachi Alegre
December 11: Entertainment by Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene
December 12: Entertainment by Desert Sky Middle School Choir and Monsoon Brass
December 14: Palo Verde High School: Jubileers
December 15: Holiday Shopping Bazaar with Desert Peach Management, Entertainment by Catalina Foothills High School Choral. Richard Katz Ensemble with Alexa Raquel.
December 16: Entertainment by Tucson High Magnet Schools Acapella Group
December 17: Entertainment by Desert Dance Collective
December 18: Holiday Shopping Bazaar with Desert Peach Management; Entertainment by the Arizona Women’s Chorus. Photos and entertainment by the Grinch
December 19: Holiday Shopping Bazaar with Desert Peach Management; Entertainment by Tucson Regional Ballet
December 20: Entertainment by Desert Harmony
December 21: Tucson Twist-Its
December 22: Holiday Shopping Bazaar with Desert Peach Management; Entertainment by Desert Voices
December 23: Horns of Tucson

Recycle Your Old Lights and Be Energy Savvy This Holiday Season
As part of our conservation efforts, Reid Park Zoo strives to use energy-efficient LED lights throughout ZooLights and actively engages in recycling and green practices to reduce our carbon footprint. You can get involved too. We are taking guest donations of string lights this holiday season (Dec-Jan) for recycling by Recyco Inc. Bring in your old, broken or nonfunctioning bulbs to donate and receive $1 off gate admission. We also encourage you to use energy-efficient LED lights in your home and in your own holiday decorations this season.