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Zoo Lights Phoenix at Phoenix Zoo

The Welcoming sign of Zoo Lights Phoenix at the Phoenix Zoo

The Welcoming sign at Zoo Lights Phoenix

As a family Christmas present, one of our family members was nice enough to buy us a membership to the Phoenix Zoo (and we visited during the summer!), so when we found out that 2 of our children could get in free to Zoo Lights Phoenix because they are two and under, and our tickets would be $8 dollars each (on certain nights for zoo members), we figured it was worth a shot.

I’m not going to post many pictures in here because 1). I don’t want to ruin the magic for you and 2). taking pictures of lights in the dark just doesn’t look as spectacular in person 3). I take most of my pictures with my iphone so it really isn’t a magical picture shoot! But for the sake of being Merry, lets go with answer number 1!

We got to the Phoenix Zoo/ Zoo Lights Phoenix a little before 5:30pm and there was a line of cars waiting to get in. So, if you can, I highly, strongly, recommend getting there close to 5:30. Also if you can, buy your tickets online because you will save $2 a ticket. Ticket prices vary-Friday and Saturday nights they do cost more. If you buy a ticket for the “cheaper” days, you can upgrade when you arrive to the zoo.

The line for people who already had tickets was pretty long when we got there, which I have to point out that I was glad we brought our two strollers for our three children. Long lines and little kids just don’t seem to mix well. Plus, there were a lot of places where it was dark and I wouldn’t have been able to see where they were if they started walking. There are only two lines that will allow strollers through (once you have your ticket). It honestly didn’t make much sense how they did the lines, but imagine lanes

Zoo Lights

1                                        2                                             3                                               4                                                    5

Lanes 2 and 4 were stroller lanes, and the other three were non-wheeled lanes. It became quite a mess at one point with people who thought they could be in lanes 1, 3 and 5 trying to get into lane 2 and 4. It doesn’t matter what size your stroller either, they have to go through 2 and 4 because of turnstyles to get you in.

This was the point I was really happy that I had the kids all in strollers, because right past the ticket collection there was swarms of people waiting for others. Kids were easily getting lost and pushed at this point, so we kept the kids in the stroller the entire time. My five year old wasn’t super pleased, but he was able to enjoy the lights without constantly having to be chased after!

It was chilly as well. Being from CT, 60 degrees isn’t that cold for us, but we did see people dressed in winter coats. We were wearing sweaters and were fine.

If you are cold, there are plenty of places to get kettle corn and hot chocolate. Bring your piggy banks because the hot cocoa will set you back about 3.29, and a bottle of water is about the same price!

The carousel is open, and Santa was on the Splash Pad almost across from the carousel. I didn’t see how much pictures were, and the price is not on the website.

There was also a horse drawn wagon ride that cost $4 per person, and gives you an exclusive look at certain lights. We weren’t sure how the kids were going to fare with a wagon ride so we skipped it (but it looked pretty!).

Web lights at Zoo Lights Phoenix

Honey Hive at Zoo Lights PhoenixThe kids loved the honey tree!

But, most importantly, if you don’t get there early enough to park in the zoo parking lot (and it will fill up!). You will have to park in a far parking lot and walk to the zoo. So, I once again highly encourage you to bring the strollers or even a wagon just in case you end up in the far parking lot.

phoenix zoo parking



I believe the parking is about a half mile from the zoo, and the zoo has quite a bit of walking. Best to be prepared!

The Basics

ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo

Nov 24th-Jan 11th 2015. 5:30-10:30pm

The Zoo closes between 4 and 5:30, you cannot stay there at the zoo waiting for ZooLights, and tickets for the Zoo do not equal ticket for Zoo Lights. They are purchased separately.

455 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008

Prices vary by day. $8-$16 per person. 2 and under are free.



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