One timed Zoo Lights event ticket is required for each vehicle. When you buy tickets to the Zoo Lights Drive-Thru, you will select both a day and time you would like to visit. Tickets have arrival times to help with the flow of traffic.
Please plan to arrive at the main parking lot on the specified day and time on your ticket. You will not be permitted to enter the Zoo before or after your selected day and time.
While times may vary due to traffic, the estimated time to travel through the Zoo Lights Drive-Thru is around 30 minutes.
Tickets must be used on the selected evening, and are not transferrable. This is an all-weather, rain or shine, snow or sleet event. Tickets are non-refundable.
You will drive your own vehicle through the Zoo. Vehicle size limited to 20 feet in length and 6 ½ feet width (example: a Ford F250 truck). It is recommended for guests to drive their smallest vehicle due to the limited size of the pathways.
Guests are prohibited from exiting their vehicle at any time. All tailgates, doors/van doors, and hatchbacks must remain closed at all times.
During the drive-thru, smoking, alcohol, and pets are prohibited in the Zoo (with the exception of service animals).
All buildings will be closed. Restrooms will NOT be available.
Food, beverages, and gifts will be available at outdoor kiosks for credit card purchases only.
A podcast of festive music will be available to enjoy while you drive through the Zoo. Click the button below to listen.
Animals will not be visible in their public habitat during evening hours. To see all Zoo animals, you may also like to plan a daytime visit.
Differences between WALK-Thru and DRIVE-Thru
Drive-Thru: Guests drive their vehicles through the Zoo to experience Zoo Lights. Guests pay one flat vehicle rate for all attendees in the vehicle. Guests do not exit their vehicles and all buildings and restrooms are closed. Food is available at car-side stops. Visit length is approximately 30 minutes.
Walk-Thru: Guests walk through the Zoo to experience Zoo Lights. All guests over the age of 2 must purchase tickets. Most indoor buildings are closed, though guests have access to restrooms. Food, drinks, and gifts are available for purchase at kiosks. Visit length is as long as preferred.