Zoo Lights San Antonio: 2023 Guide

With thousands of colorful lights and shimmering decorations spread throughout, San Antonio Zoo – Zoo Lights is nothing short of pure holiday magic!

Marvel at life-sized animal lanterns such as a 15-foot-tall giraffe, pay a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, or snap pictures or wander in the 124-foot light tunnel. While taking in the beauty and splendor of 32-foot LED trees and other light displays, enjoy hot cocoa and roasted s’mores.

Follow along as we discover the wonder and embrace the spirit of the holidays at Zoo Lights.

San Antonio Zoo Lights Tickets

Zoo Lights is included in your San Antonio Zoo general admission and is FREE for members.

Package Your San Antonio Zoo Tickets

Kick off your Alamo City trip with loads of fun by bundling your San Antonio Zoo with these other attractions:

Zoo Lights Activities

Zoo Lights San Antonio powered by CPS energy returns with plenty of festivities and seasonal joy. Delight in the following excitement during your visit:

Holiday Sing-A-Long Express

Enjoy a festive adventure with the Holiday Sing A Long Express! This delightful experience is available daily within zoo operating hours as you travel through the historic Brackenridge Park, singing along to your favorite festive live music.

IllumiLIFE: Illuminated Paintings of Wildlife

Journey through an enchanting museum filled with awe-inspiring, larger-than-life mixed-media illustrations of creatures like the Asian elephant, Western lowland gorilla, Komodo dragon, Sumatran Tiger, and more.

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Water Wonderland

Dive into a thrilling underwater adventure where the enchanting world of jellyfish, turtles, fish, and a colossal whale comes to life, turning the pathway into a captivating water wonderland with stunning water effects.

Cowboy’s Peppermint Path

Let the enchantment of red and white San Antonio Zoo Christmas lights guide you along the path, as they transform buildings and trees into a whimsical candy cane festival. While you explore, make a pit stop at Tinsel Tots in Riverview Restaurant, a shop tailored for young ones to pick out the best gifts with the help of cheerful elves!

Starry Safari

Step into the world of the savanna, where life-sized illuminated animal portraits come to life. Be sure to catch sight of the two impressive 15-foot giraffes in Starry Safari and the magnificent larger-than-life Elephant displays. Behold as light-up monkeys playfully swing overhead, and bright hippos play in the waters below.

Polar Point

Be whisked away to the Arctic as you enter Polar Point, illuminated by a sea of blue LED lights and adorned with frosty decors. Explore the walkthrough tunnel and encounter the impressive giant snowmen that line your path!

Fa La La Flamingo

Fa La La Flamingo is your destination for decking the halls with boundless smiles! New for this year, the park introduces 36 larger-than-life light-up flamingos that will brighten your day.

Lakeside Lightshow

The Lakeside Light Show is back, and it’s bringing high energy! With pixel technology and a tailor-made soundtrack featuring Christmas and Latin tunes, you won’t be able to resist getting up and grooving to the beat.

FAO Schwarz Tony Parker Animal Collection

Renowned former Spurs point guard and dedicated zoo supporter, Tony Parker, has made a generous gesture by contributing his exceptional collection of plush animals to Zoo Lights. Check out and snap selfies with the larger-than-life animals in the Beastro Restaurant.

North Pole

Santa has brought the holiday spirit to the Zoo light! Come and share your Christmas wishes with him, and don’t forget to take a memorable photo on his sleigh. Click here to book your Santa meet-and-greet experience.

Camel Trek

Enjoy an unforgettable adventure with camel rides amidst the incredible holiday light displays that have transformed Kronkosky’s Tiny Tot Nature Spot into a holiday Camel Trek. You can enjoy camel rides daily from noon until the zoo closes, with each ride priced at $10 per person.

Festive Eats

Warm up with a delightful treat of hot cocoa and cookies, and don’t forget to savor some delicious s’mores. For those looking for classic burgers and pizza, Beastro Restaurant is the place to be.

Games and Activities

Tinsel Tots

Hey, kiddos! Do you want to surprise your parents? For just $20, you can get “Elf Bucks” which will allow you to enter a shop specially created for young shoppers. The park’s friendly elves will be there to assist you in selecting and wrapping the perfect gift for them.

Project Selva 4D Theater

Be whisked away on a magical adventure to the North Pole this holiday season with THE POLAR EXPRESS™ in the SimEx-Iwerks 4D Edition of this heartwarming holiday classic.


Drop by the Pick-A-Present holiday tent located between Beastro Restaurant and The Great Lawn. Find the gifts that are meant for you and unveil the enchanting surprise inside.

Zoo Lights Date and Time

The event illuminates from November 18, 2023, through December 31, 2023. San Antonio Zoo Lights hours run from 5:30 PM to 7 PM.

Zoo Lights Venue

Located at 3903 N St. Mary’s St San Antonio, TX 78212.

Experience Zoo Lights at San Antonio Zoo

Find glittering displays and spectacular installations everywhere you look at Zoo Lights San Antonio Zoo! This annual event promises to be brighter than before, with new attractions and illuminated tunnels.

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Spot your favorite life-size animal at the Starry Safari, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, and hop aboard the Holiday Sing-Along Express train ride. Plus, belt out the Christmas soundtrack or groove to lively holiday beats.

Grab your Santa hat and inject some wildness into your Christmas celebration. Meanwhile, you can extend your trip into a vacation with a San Antonio vacation package.


Start Date:

November 18, 2023 @ 8:00 am CST

End Date:

December 31, 2024 @ 5:00 pm CST



San Antonio Zoo

3903 N St Mary's St
San Antonio, TX 78212 United States


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Written by Anne Joyce Raymundo

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