Zoo Lights Drive-Thru

Drive-Thru Event  (for walk-thru information & tickets, click here)

Twinkle, shimmer, and shine your way through the season at the much-anticipated return of the Zoo Lights Drive-Thru! Get cozy in your car as you drive through thousands of environmentally friendly LED lights that transform the park into an unforgettable winter wonderland.

Enjoy over 150 animal lights with new displays, festive music, and holiday treats.


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Presented by Eat’n Park

Zoo Lights Drive-Thru Information

(for walk-thru information & tickets, click here)

Select nights starting Friday, November 24 through Saturday, December 30.

5:15 to 9:45 p.m.

Entry is timed. Drive-thru experience will last about 45 minutes. Full details below.

Throughout the Zoo

This is an outdoor drive-thru event. No indoor facilities or bathrooms will be open.

$40 per Member vehicle

$45 per non-member vehicle

Flat rate includes all guests in vehicle.

Timed tickets

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.


By purchasing a ticket to the Zoo Lights Drive-Thru, the ticket purchaser/holder and all members of the party assume the inherent risk that injury may result; agrees to unconditionally and fully release the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, its respective employees, volunteers, assigns and/or agents and representatives from any and all past or future claims, demands, actions, causes of action, suits, or other liabilities of whatever kind, including, but not limited to, those arising out of the use of the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, its respective employees, assigns and/or agents and representatives’ alleged negligence. All rules must be understood prior to purchasing a ticket, and must be followed once on the safari. Failure to follow these rules could cause injury or death, termination of tour, arrest, or a diminished experience.