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Zoo Lights at Denver Zoo

The holidays have always been a time for reflection…for connection…and of course, for tradition. And this year, Zoo Lights is the final toast in a year-long celebration!

As the brilliant capstone to 125 Years of Love, our 2021 event promises to be brighter than ever—with a colorful crop of NEW installations and offerings, PLUS our most festive favorites, including nightly ice-carving demonstrations. As you wander through our winter wonderland, be on the lookout for new opportunities to light up the night: including the Champagne Toast (Hospital Plaza), the Watering Hole (Giraffe Meadows), the Blue Lagoon (in front of our new penguin exhibit) + more.

With two million LED lights sparkling over 80 acres and delights around every corner, Zoo Lights is Denver’s wildest holiday gathering. Of course, outdoor animal viewing during Zoo Lights is limited to cold-weather species such as Amur tiger, Bactrian camel, Przewaskli’s horse and most of our pachyderms. But our popular Tropical Discovery building will be open, offering access to 1,800 animals—including fish, frogs, snakes, lizards, capybaras and sloths—in a cozy indoor space. 

In addition, El Pomar Village Hall is home to fishing cats and Asian small-clawed otters, both of which are busy hunting and playing at night. And, as always, your ticket helps create a brighter future for wildlife, here and around the world. Let’s raise a glass together!


Nov 22 2021 - Jan 02 2022



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Denver Zoo
2900 E 23rd Avenue Denver, CO 80205
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