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Zoo Lights

Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant

Where lights come to life!


November 15 – January 5


Select nights from 5-9 p.m.

Good to Know

This event is included with Zoo admission and free for members!

Join us for this special holiday event

After the animals head in for the evening, the Dallas Zoo will transform into a winter wonderland with over one million twinkling lights illuminating ZooNorth throughout the holiday season. Discover realistic silk-covered lanterns in the shape of your favorite animals, plus even more light displays and festivities for the entire family!

Dallas Zoo Lights Activities:

  • Holiday Light Show
  • Santa meet-and-greet
  • Nature ornament-making activity
  • Nightly musical performances throughout ZooNorth
  • Rainbow Arch
  • Whimsical African watering hole at Lantern Ridge
  • Santa’s Sleigh photo op
  • Elves’ Workshop at the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo with Animal Encounters every 30 minutes
  • S’mores, specialty donuts, funnel cakes, and hot chocolate
  • …and MUCH more!

Which nights can I come to Dallas Zoo Lights?

Use the calendar below to see which nights will be shining bright with Dallas Zoo Lights. Click on BUY TICKETS to go to our purchase page and select the date you want to come visit!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I come early and see the animals before Dallas Zoo Lights opens at 5 p.m.?

Sure! Your Dallas Zoo Lights tickets also includes general admission for the Zoo that day. Come before 4 p.m. and enjoy the animals, then stay for holiday festivities at night. The animals will head in for the day at 4 p.m., but you’re welcome to stay in the park until the lights come on at 5 p.m.! 4-5 p.m. is a great time to grab a bite to eat at one of our restaurants. Or get your hand stamped, and come back anytime that night.

If I’m a member, do I have to buy tickets?

Nope! Dallas Zoo Lights is included with your membership. Members can present their digital membership cards when they arrive for free admission. Members can always purchase discounted tickets for extra guests not covered by their membership. Click here to log in and access guest prices.

What is Adults-Only Night?

Adults-Only Night is an evening at Dallas Zoo Lights, without the kids! We’ll have specialty adult beverages, giant jenga, and more on December 5. FREE for Dallas Zoo Members. Guests must be 21 or older to enter. Be sure to get your tickets in advance and save! Tickets are $19 in advance and $22 at the door.

Is Dallas Zoo Lights a rain-or-shine event?

Yes! However, we highly suggest checking the weather before you attend and dressing accordingly. Most activities take place outdoors, so it might get chilly! We do have several marked locations throughout ZooNorth for you to go inside and warm up, though.

What’s the best way to get to Dallas Zoo Lights?

You can take either the Ewing Ave. or Marsalis Ave. exit from I-35E. However, be sure to check our website or social media channels for any traffic updates that may come up related to TxDOT’s Southern Gateway Project. We also suggest using the Waze app to find your best route, or take the DART Red Line to avoid traffic completely!

I’m looking to give a Dallas Zoo Lights experience as a gift to someone, how do I do that?

Gift certificates are a great way to give the gift of a Dallas Zoo Lights experience. Click here to learn more about gift certificates and to purchase one today!

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