One of the largest holiday light shows in the country takes place right here at the Phoenix Zoo.
ZooLights is a local holiday tradition and is visited by as many as 300,000 each year to see the 3.8 million energy-friendly lights throughout the property. It takes a four-person crew approximately fourteen weeks to install, with the project beginning in mid-July and wrapping by the end of October. Every year new features are added, with a total of 700 displays.
The Phoenix Zoo is a pioneer of sorts, being the fi rst to create and use large mesh nets to cover trees and shrubbery. ZooLights is one of the only venues to use such a wide variety of lighting techniques that include rope lights, LED lights, light strands, black light, fi ber optics, lasers, strobes and lights programmed to music.
In addition to the massive light display, visitors can meet Tortuga the Talking Galapagos Tortoise, say “hello” to Jengo the Talking Giraffe and enjoy two new Music in Motion shows featuring sounds from the movie “Polar Express” and Carol of the Bells by Artic Express.
For a small additional fee, add one or all of the following: a 4-D Polar Express theatre experience, get an up close and personal encounter with sting rays, ride the carousel, or take a camel or wagon ride. Make ZooLights a part of your annual holiday traditions.
Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 602.273.1341, phxzoo.org, November 24 through January 11, $10-$18