SOURCE: Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo

December 17, 2015 13:10 ET

Last Chance to Visit Santa Claus at Zoo Lights

Share Your Wish List With Santa Before He Leaves on Dec. 23

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - December 17, 2015) - Christmas is quickly approaching, and that means Santa soon has to prepare for his big trip. Visitors to Denver Zoo's Zoo Lights, Presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, only have one week left to pay St. Nick a visit at his home in the North Pole, before he packs up his sleigh on December 23. Come enjoy holiday treats, take a spin on the carousel, and share your wish list with the jolly old elf before he leaves this year's 25th annual event! If you're late purchasing your holiday presents, give the gift of Zoo Lights, which will continue to run nightly, sans Santa, through January 3, 2016, from 5:30-9 p.m., weather permitting.

The event now spans about 70 brilliantly-illuminated acres of lights, featuring more than 150 animated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they're least expected. This event promises a time like no other in Colorado. Festivities include live animal demonstrations, carolers, instrumental groups, ice carvers, delicious holiday treats at warming stations throughout the Zoo and the ever-popular Zoo Year's Eve party.

Admission to Zoo Lights, without a discount, is $13 for adults (12-64), $9 for children (3-11), $11 for senior citizens (65+) and children 2 and under are admitted free. Members get a $2 discount on all tickets. Denver Zoo is also offering an online discount to help guests avoid long lines. For more information on Zoo Lights, please call Denver Zoo at 720-337-1612 or visit

Zoo Lights Special Events lineup:


Our regular Bunk with the Beasts program lights up with holiday cheer. Get a sneak peek as a family at the "Wild Lights, Wild Winter" Family Bunk on November 21. Enjoy the snacks with St. Nick at our "Desserts with Santa" Family Bunk on December 16 and ring in the new year at the "Zoo Year's Eve Kids-Only" Bunk on December 31. Explore how wild animals adapt to winter habitats, enjoy Zoo Lights, and then, just like our animal residents, sleep overnight at the zoo! Sign up at or contact Denver Zoo at or 720-337-1494.


Schedule your birthday party at Zoo Lights! Parties include a birthday party room, a private, interactive animal show and Zoo Lights admission for each guest. Sign up at or contact Denver Zoo at or 720-337-1625.


On the brink of a New Year, children also can experience the fun of Zoo Year's Eve, a wild New Year's Eve party that begins at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 with entertainment, activities and crafts that leads up to an early 9 p.m. countdown to the New Year!

Zoo Lights is the largest lighting event in the Rocky Mountain Region and the largest annual event hosted by Denver Zoo. It takes two contracted staff members of the Denver Zoo staff three months to set up the displays and almost the same amount of time and manpower to dismantle the 70 acres of lights.

About Denver Zoo: Denver Zoo brings education alive, providing a unique learning experience that sparks an interest in the natural world for visitors and program participants alike. Home to 4,300 animals representing more than 600 species, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures the highest standards of animal care.

Denver Zoo serves two million visitors each year and 350,000 of those guests are provided free access. Denver Zoo's Scholarship fund has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to schools and families in the past five years. SCFD funding is critical to supporting and expanding these programs, as well supporting the care of 4,300 animals, many of which are endangered or threatened.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Sean Andersen-Vie
    (720) 337-1418

    Scott Camp
    (720) 337-1604