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WILDLIGHTS – The Living Desert

Select nights, 6pm – 9pm
November 22 (Members Only), 23, 25-26 | December 2-3, 9-10, 16-24, 26-30
Closed December 25

WildLights is SOLD OUT for November 23rd and November 25th.

Recognized in the Top 5 Best Zoo Lights by USA Today, WildLights is a magical winter wonderland, complete with twinkling lights, dazzling light displays, and holiday fun. It is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and make lasting memories with friends and family.

WildLights’ pathways will take guests on an illuminated journey around the Zoo with endless awe-inspiring sights and festive photo opportunities. Guests can go for a spin on the carousel, enjoy themed treats, take a free, souvenir photo with Santa, and much more. In true WildLights tradition, the G-scale model trains, with more than 3,300 feet of track, will be decked out for the holidays.

Light up your holiday and join us!


Advanced reservations are required for both members and guests. We recommend purchasing tickets as far in advance as you can, as we anticipate this event selling out. Tickets may be purchased above or by calling (760) 346-5694.

General Admission $16
Member Ticket $14
Child Ticket (ages 3-12) $12
Children under 3 FREE

Please note:
Your timed WildLights ticket indicates the earliest time you can enter the Zoo. All daytime visitors, including members and guests with WildLights tickets, must completely exit the Zoo by 5:00pm. Beginning at 6:00pm, WildLights guests will be allowed to enter at the time designated on their ticket.
Parking is free in the Zoo’s main parking lot, but spaces can fill up quickly. Please plan to carpool and/or use a rideshare service to save time. Overflow parking is located on Portola Avenue, Haystack Avenue, and Buckboard Avenue. (Further parking information is in the below FAQs.)

If you are purchasing Member Tickets in person, please have your membership card and valid photo ID, matching the name on the membership, with you.
Guests of all ages will be able to pose with Santa for photos through December 24th. Santa will then depart for the North Pole on Christmas Day and will not be at WildLights on December 26th – 30th.

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