Zoo Lights Phoenix: 2023 In-Depth Guide

Soaring wildlife-themed sculptures, rainbow-colored projections, and an exciting light show that will tour you all over the world get the spotlight at Phoenix Zoo Lights!

Throw in millions of twinkling lights, towering animal lanterns, and interactive installations to an already family-friendly destination, and the wow factor go through the roof. This holiday, delight in a wild wonderland that’s glittering in every corner at Phoenix Zoo Lights 2023. The annual holiday celebration dazzles with seasonal joy and color, charming little tots, and adults.

Between the bright attractions and gigantic displays, there will be fun festivities, including a Santa meet-and-greet, holiday gifts & toys, and tasty treats. Plus, revel in the radiance of nature’s return as the tallest floating tree in North America as it graces the park once more complete with motion light displays. In other words, everything you’ve ever dreamed of is here!

Follow along to uncover all the wild adventures at Zoo Lights Phoenix.

Phoenix Zoo Lights Tickets

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From sizzling outdoor attractions to relaxing escapades, Phoenix boasts all kinds of adventures. Make sure to bundle your Phoenix Zoo tickets with these other fun areas for the greatest theme park getaway:

Zoo Lights Phoenix Attractions

Lake Light Show

Watch your youngster’s eyes spark as they witness the Lake Lights Show. This jaw-dropping presentation includes a 50 ft. LED Christmas tree and million lights that are synchronized to joyous tunes and exceptional effects.

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Glow Garden

Unleash your inner child in the glowing playground of the Zoo’s Glow Garden, a brand-new music and light show. From a glowing dance floor to the interactive glow swings, be prepared to be swept away by the dazzling displays at the Polar Park.

Photos with Santa

Zoo Lights Phoenix looks so dreamy that even Santa can’t resist coming back to experience the season. Pay a visit to Jolly St. Old Nick and snap some holiday-worthy pictures with colorful decorations as the backdrop. Afterward, play in the glowing swings and taste the best s’mores. These attractions are Santa’s gift to you.

Wildlife Lantern Safari

See your favorite animals in a whole new light. Fill your eyes with life-size more than 50 LED animal lanterns from lion to tiger. Of course, there will be massive botanical displays scattered around the holiday safari park.


As the sun sets, the holiday magic begins! Don’t miss the nightly enchantment of “Surviving the Holidays” Animal Show at 7:30 & 8:30 PM. Check the Phoenix Zoo Lights schedule shows here.

Endangered Species Illuminated Paintings

Step into Russel Ronat’s world of large mixed media paintings. These masterpieces delicately portray the beauty and fragility of vital species, echoing a thoughtful call to action in protecting our pollinators.

Holiday Gifts and Toys

Haven’t completed that list? No one’s judging you. Shop and browse keepsakes and gifts at the numerous pop-up Zoo shops and the Desert Marketplace. These stores offer the best presents that can’t be purchased online.

Holiday Treats

Complete the experience by creating your own s’mores and snacking kettle corn. Then, get a hot cocoa to enjoy at the drive thru nights lights.

Zoo Lights Phoenix Date and Time

From November 22, 2023, through January 14, 2024. The Phoenix Zoo Lights hours start from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM.

Experience Zoo Lights Phoenix

Phoenix might not offer chilly weather during the season, but its holiday spirit and attractions make up for it. For those lucky enough to be in the city this happiest time of year, rejoice as Zoo Lights Phoenix Zoo is back with tons of attractions and surprises – bigger and better than before.

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Start the holiday tradition at Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo by admiring the massive animal lanterns and colorful projections. Then, watch touching live performances and spellbinding lights show. Don’t miss the community performances and live entertainment as well. Level up the magic of the holidays by meeting Santa and getting that sweet fix. Zoolights include all the festivities, so come with the entire crew!

Purchase online now and upgrade your Christmas celebration in the wildest way possible! Meanwhile, you want to extend your vacation with our package to enjoy the Zoo’s attractions like admission to Dinosaurs in the Desert.


Start Date:

November 23, 2023 @ 5:30 pm CST

End Date:

January 14, 2024 @ 10:30 pm CST



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455 N Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85008 United States

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Written by Anne Joyce Raymundo

Anne is a Filipino writer who formerly managed and created marketing strategies and materials for numerous websites and eCommerce platforms. Now, her voice...

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