Zoo Lights Drive-Thru


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 80 animal lights with 30 new displays, classic characters, and carols along the way. 


Presented by:
F.N.B. Corporation

Select nights starting Friday, November 26 through Thursday, 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.

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$40 per Member vehicle

$50 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 45-60 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 with animal facts and festive music will be available to enjoy while you drive through the Zoo. Details to come.

Most exhibits and animals will not be visible at night. To see all Zoo animals, you may also like to plan a daytime visit.


Special thanks to our generous sponsors:

  • F.N.B. Corporation
  • DSF Charitable Foundation
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • UPMC Health Plan
  • WQED
  • Beverlynn & Steven Elliott
  • Sally Wiggin
  • Andria & Neil Robinson

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 & PPG 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 & PPG 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.