Glowing animals welcome you on an unforgettable nighttime journey that includes giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, a whimsical herd of animated elephants, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. L.A. Zoo Lights is a not-to-be-missed nighttime holiday light experience and has glowed brighter each year since its debut in 2014. This year’s event features a dazzling new area to explore, luminous new displays, and reimagined favorites.
L.A. ZOO LIGHTS
November 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Closed Nov 22, Dec 24, and Dec 25
Online Ticket Prices
Adults (13+) and Children (2-12) $12
Adults (13+) $14.95 and Children (2-12) $11.95
Adults (13+) $21.95 and Children (2-12) $16.95
Children younger than 2 are free. Convenience fee applies for online purchases. Box Office and Call Center ticket prices vary.
Tickets available online only.
Holiday Happy Hour
Includes express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights and access to a private lounge with gourmet hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and a signature cocktail. 21+
Thursday, December 6: Bavaria Holiday Haus
Thursday, December 13: Tiki Tidings
Family New Year’s Eve
Adults $70 (13+) and Children (2-12) $45
Includes express entry, buffet dinner with dessert, dancing, live broadcast of the Times Square ball drop, and more. All ages.
Monday, December 31
Make unforgettable holiday memories as you explore this wild wonderland of light under the stars at the beautiful L.A. Zoo. Along the way, view real reindeer, visit with Santa on select dates, and enjoy seasonal treats and goodies.
- Take a self-guided 60- to 90-minute stroll though a large area of the Zoo filled with animal-themed displays, dynamic lights and projections, and seasonal magic.
- Enjoy new features and an expanded route for the 2018/19 season.
- Take photos with Santa in a charming new setting on select dates. (For an additional fee.)
- See real reindeer and learn about them from expert reindeer keepers.
L.A. Zoo Lights Online Ticket Prices
|Members||Preview Week||Value Nights||Premium Nights|
|Child (Under 2)||FREE||FREE||FREE||FREE|
|Child (Under 2)||FREE|
|Child (Under 2)||FREE|
|Child (Under 2)||FREE|
|Child (Under 2)||FREE|
A convenience fee applies for online and Call Center ticket purchases.
Tickets are just $11 with GLAZA Membership. GLAZA Members and Safari Society donors receive their discount code via email. If you are a Member and haven’t received yours, click here and fill out our code request form. Not a member? Join or renew today and get access to discounted L.A. Zoo Lights tickets, plus other benefits!
Preview Week – November 16-21
Value Nights – November 26-29, December 3-6, December 10-13, December 31-January 3
Premium Nights – November 23-25, November 30-December 2, December 7-9, December 14-30, January 4-6
No, this event is for all ages. Holiday Happy Hour events are for guests 21 years of age and older.
A valid ID is required for the purchase of alcoholic beverages once inside Zoo grounds.
Yes, Zoo (GLAZA) members must purchase tickets to this special event, which is held after regular Zoo hours. Member tickets are always just $11.
No, L.A. Zoo Lights is a special event held after regular Zoo hours. Daytime Zoo admission tickets are not valid for this nighttime event. L.A. Zoo Lights tickets must be purchased separately. Daytime guests must exit the Zoo and reenter with a L.A. Zoo Lights ticket.
Yes! Show your valid military ID at the Box Office at the time of purchase.
Yes! Current AAA members can save on tickets at the Box Office by presenting a valid AAA membership card, or online by visiting AAA.com.
On Premium nights, two entry times are offered to improve guest experience. Timed tickets allow us to control capacity in the parking lot and inside the Zoo.
Yes, online ticket purchases can be made with a debit card that has a Visa or MasterCard logo. Purchases can also be made in cash at the L.A. Zoo Membership box office between 5:30 – 9:15 p.m. nightly (except November 22, December 24, and December 25).
You may present your printed ticket at the gate or show your mobile ticket on your mobile device.
No, once the ticket has been scanned upon entry, any additional printouts will scan as invalid tickets. There is no reentry once you exit the Zoo.
Yes, your ticket is only valid for the date you selected during your purchase. Check your ticket or confirmation email for the date.
There are no refunds or exchanges. If your plans change, you can exchange your tickets with required 48-hours advance notice. There is a $4 rescheduling fee, plus any difference in ticket price. Subject to ticket availability. Contact the Call Center at 866/949-8007, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time, 7 days a week.
Wear a raincoat or bring an umbrella! L.A. Zoo Lights is a rain-or-shine special event. No rain checks will be issued for this event. NOTE: The light displays pose no danger when exposed to water. In case of severe weather, some attractions may be closed.
A confirmation email with a link to view, download, and/or print your ticket(s) is sent automatically after a ticket order is placed. If you purchased tickets and didn’t receive your confirmation email, check your spam folder, log in to your ticketing account, and look on the My Tickets page, or call 866/949- 8007.
Yes, a ticket must be purchased for each member of your group. If all tickets were purchased at once, the ticket link on your confirmation will provide access to each individual ticket. You can print the tickets, or show each mobile ticket on your mobile device for scanning at the gate.
To purchase tickets for groups of 50 or more, please contact the Call Center at 866/949-8007. Call Center hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time, 7 days a week.
Yes, tickets can be given to friends and family as gifts. Once a ticket is redeemed, however, it cannot be used again, regardless of how many copies are printed.
Change of plans? We’ve got you covered! $4 rescheduling fee per order, plus any difference in ticket prices. 48-hour advance notice required. Subject to ticket availability. Contact the Call Center to exchange tickets, 866/949-8007 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific time.
Stroll through dedicated sections of the Zoo and gaze at dazzling light displays and shows while enjoying festive décor and music. Visit our Reindeer Village, where you will be able to see real reindeer and chat with their keepers, and enter the Holiday LAIR, where you’ll see live reptiles and amphibians among their fanciful, glowing counterparts. There will also be themed spots for holiday-themed selfies and family portraits, as well as sweet treats and gifts available for purchase.
Yes, it’s holiday wonderment for the whole family! As this is a self-guided walking experience, consider carriers or strollers for younger children. Strollers are available for rent (on a first-come, first-served basis).
The L.A. Zoo Lights experience takes 60-90 for most guests.
Santa will be available for photos from 6 – 9:30 p.m. on:
November 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30
December 1 – 23
Please note that photos with Santa require an additional fee and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Photo packages start at $26.99. Long lines are possible.
No, only about half of the Zoo will be open for L.A. Zoo Lights.
Since L.A. Zoo Lights is a special evening event, the only animals on display will be the reindeer at Reindeer Village, the living amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles that reside at the decked-out LAIR, and the Asian elephants, who can choose to be outside or in their barn. The rest of the Zoo’s animals will be off-exhibit and in their night quarters.
No, the lights are primarily placed in areas separate from the animal exhibits. Most animals will be in their night quarters during the event and will not be impacted. Those animals that will be exposed to some amount of light will have at least seven full hours of darkness starting when the light displays are turned off for the evening, with no negative effects.
The event takes place primarily outdoors, within the Zoo. The LAIR buildings are open for L.A. Zoo Lights and there are covered areas along the event footpath.
As this is a rain-or-shine event, consider bringing an umbrella in case it rains.
There is no reentry during this event.
No, the shuttle will not be running during L.A. Zoo Lights. For guests who may not be able to walk the entire route, wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.
Yes, the carousel will be open during L.A. Zoo Lights from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $3.
Yes, strollers and wheelchairs are allowed.
Yes, both manual and electric wheelchairs and strollers are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. Manual wheelchair rental is $10 and electric wheelchair rental is $30. Stroller rental is $10 for single and $14 for double.
If unable to wait in long lines or needing to rent a wheelchair prior to entering the gate, please see a L.A. Zoo Lights staff member for assistance.
In addition to the Zoo’s general prohibited items, outside food and beverages will not be allowed inside the event. GLAZA and the L.A. Zoo reserve the right to inspect large bags or containers upon entry.
The Los Angeles Zoo allows service animals on its premises to provide assistance to people with disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the ADA, “a service animal is a dog that has been individually trained to assist a person with a disability.” If you plan to bring your service animal to the Zoo, please click here to learn more about guidelines you’ll need to be aware of to keep the trip a safe one for yourself, your service dog, the animals cared for at the Zoo, and other patrons.
More questions? If your question is not answered above, please call the Call Center at 866/949-8007, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week.
Before contacting us, please check our FAQs to see if your question is answered there. If you still wish to submit an inquiry, fill out and submit the form below. Please allow up to two business days for a response.
- All sales are final.
- Each ticket is good for one admission to L.A. Zoo Lights at the Los Angeles Zoo on the date and time selected. No reentry will be allowed.
- A ticket does not guarantee entrance at the exact time listed on your ticket. Event entry time may be modified due to capacity or for safety reasons.
- Event hours are subject to change without notice. Some dates and times, such as our Holiday Happy Hour (for guests 21 years and older) and New Year’s Eve events, require separate admission fees and tickets.
- The Zoo’s special event operating schedule is subject to change without notice. Facilities, exhibits, shows, and services may close temporarily due to weather, maintenance, private events, or other reasons.
- Barcoded e-tickets are a revocable license. Admission is subject to compliance with all laws and facility policies. E-ticket holders assume all incidental risks and dangers while visiting the Los Angeles Zoo.
- E-tickets are delivered via email as a PDF attachment to your order confirmation letter. There are two ways to show your tickets at the door: 1) present your printed ticket at the gate, or 2) show your mobile ticket on your mobile device. (Please allow up to one hour for delivery. Your order confirmation is not your ticket.)
- It is unlawful to reproduce e-tickets in any form. In the event of duplication, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association reserves the right to refuse entry to both the original ticket holder and anyone holding tickets that were duplicated from the original order.
- Rain or shine, no refunds.