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Zoo Lights - Holiday Nights

See the Zoo in a whole new light!

November 19, 2016 - January 1, 2017

This year humans aren't the only one who have decorated their homes for the holidays! Over 300,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights set to a musical soundscape, have transformed your Zoo into a holiday light display like none you've ever seen. Join the thousands of visitors of all ages this inaugural year and make Zoo Lights a part of your annual holiday tradition.



  • Santa's Workshop (Saturday & Sunday only) enjoy picture time with Picsolve and Santa
  • Santa's Workshop (Monday thru Friday) is being taken over by elves and some of the Zoo's resident critters. Make sure to bring your own camera for this fun-time photo opportunity. 
  • Hundreds of thousands of lights
  • A winter wonderland, complete with snow flurries
  • Animal light sculptures and a 20-foot snowman
  • A total holiday immersion complete with visual splendor,
    holiday music and even holiday scents!
  • Carousel rides**
  • Roast s'mores and sip hot cocoa by a fire**
  • Meet-and-greet with Santa, photo packages optional**

*Daytime admission (including membership) does not include Zoo Lights. 

The Zoo will close for the day at 4:00 p.m. and re-opens at 6:00 p.m.
during Zoo Lights (except Dec 24 and 25)

**Additional charges apply 










Visit Santa's workshop during Zoo Lights now until January 1st for special photo opportunities with some of Santa's helpful elves and Zoo animal friends!
Come back on the weekend to enjoy one last photo op with Santa before he heads back to the North Pole. Santa will be available for photos on January 2nd and 3rd.


This year, YOUR San Antonio Zoo shines bright as 300,000 enviornmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland, making it the perfect holiday party venue.
Reservations are now open (November 19, 2016 - January 1, 2017) EXCEPT December 24 & 25.

Become a member today – it lasts for a full year, gets you a discount on Zoo Lights, and many other benefits!