Celebrate the holiday season and create a family tradition admiring the sparkling lights and brilliant hues at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Sixth Annual ZOOLights event.

December 8–10
December 15 – January 6
Closed Christmas Day

Sunday – Thursday 6pm to 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday 6pm to 10pm

The Zoo closes at 5:00pm and will re-open for ZOOLights at 6:00pm

$10 for Non-Members
$8 for Zoo Members

Additional costs for special activities

ZOOLights Value Tickets!
Includes Train, 4D Theater, Stingray Bay and Carousel (Children 12 and under)
$15 for Non-Members
$12 for Zoo Members

Sponsored by:

Thousands of LED lights will transform the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. In addition to walking among the thousands of lights strung throughout the Zoo and listening to spirited holiday music, guests can enjoy a unique view of ZOOLights by boarding the Zoo’s lighted train (the train only runs from the back of the Zoo to the front). Guests can also enjoy carousel rides, the 4-D Theater, marshmallow roasting, and more for an extra charge.

Click here to view a photo gallery of previous years' ZOOLights!

ZooLights Themed Events

December 8 & 9

Pajama Nights

Bundle up in your favorite holiday-themed jammies to enjoy ZOOLights during this fun-filled theme weekend.

December 15 & 16

Illuminated Stroller/Costume Nights

Bling out your strollers or come dressed in an illuminated costume to take part in our parade contest. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes each night.

December 22 & 23

Tacky Holiday Sweater

Pull out your tackiest holiday sweater, sing a carol or two, and come celebrate Christmas at the Zoo!

December 29 & 30

Fairytale Celebration Weekend

Hear ye, hear ye…you are cordially invited to spend the season with us at during our royal weekend. We invite you to come dressed as your favorite fairytale character.

December 31st

New Year's Eve Pre-Party

Before the ball drops, ring in the new year with us at during our New Year’s Eve Pre-Party with 21+ libations in Range of the Jaguar and a kids’ celebration on the Great Lawn.

January 4th

Dapper Date Night

The 50’s & 60’s are alive and well. Put on your finest dapper duds and join us for date night. Giggle juice will be available for those 21+

January 5th

Star Wars Night

The force is strong at this annual ZOOLights theme favorite! Come dressed as Luke, Leia or the big guy himself…Darth Vader!

January 6th

That's a Wrap Party

Help us say, “See you next year, ZOOLights!”


(Not included in general admission ticket price)


$1/child (3-12)


$1 per person
(Children 12 and under only)

Stingray Bay

$1 per person

Warm Weather "Ice" Skating

$2 per person


4 for $1
Roasting Stick is .50 cents

S’mores Kit

(marshmallows, grahams, chocolates & stick)

3-D Glasses

$2 per pair

4-D Theater showing Rudolph


ZooLights Entertainment

Scheduled Time Location Entertainment
Tuesday, January 2nd
7:00-9:00 p.m. Great Lawn Jordyn Stoddard
7:00-9:00 p.m. Range of the Jaguar Kristen Lee Duo
Wednesday, January 3rd
7:00-8:00 p.m. Great Lawn Soulshine (Duo)
7:30-9:00 p.m. Range of the Jaguar Kalani Rose - solo set
8:00-9:00 p.m. Great Lawn Kia Nicole
Thursday, January 4th
6:00-9:30 p.m. Great Lawn Dance Party with West Productions
6:30-9:00 p.m. Range of the Jaguar The 77ds
Friday, January 5th
6:00-9:00 p.m. Great Lawn Girly Girl Parteas
6:00-9:30 p.m. Great Lawn Y? Entertainment
6:00-10:00 p.m. Great Lawn AAZK Craft Table
6:00-10:00 p.m. Discovery Woodturner
7:00-9:00 p.m. Wild Florida Super Martin Bros
7:00-9:00 p.m. Range of the Jaguar Kalani Rose Music (Full Band)
Saturday, January 6th
6:00-9:00 p.m. Great Lawn Girly Girl Parteas
6:00-10:00 p.m. Great Lawn AAZK Craft Table
6:00-10:00 p.m. Discovery Woodturner
7:00-8:00 p.m. Main Camp Fascinating Rhythms
7:00-8:00 p.m. Wild Florida Iaan Quintanilla
7:30-8:30 p.m. Range of the Jaguar Players by the Sea
7:30-8:30 p.m. Great Lawn Kia Nicole - Trio
8:00-9:00 p.m. Wild Florida Tasty Tuesday
8:30-9:30 p.m. Range of the Jaguar Aaron & Erik DeCicco

Frequently Asked Questions

What time should I get there and can I arrive by boat?
ZOOLights opens at 6:00 p.m. and closes at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday - Thursday and 10:00 p.m. on Friday & Saturday. The gates for ZOOLights will close 1 hour prior to the stated closing time. The last Train will run 30 minutes prior to closing. Activity lines will also close at this time. You cannot arrive by boat; the dock closes and is locked at 5:00 p.m.

What animals will be on exhibit during ZOOLights?
Many of the animals will be sleeping inside, however the stingrays, leopards, jaguars, and Lost Temple reptiles and primates will be open for guest viewing.

Is ZOOLights handicap accessible?
Most ZOOLights venues are handicap accessible; however, the Great Lawn area may not be appropriate for some guests.

I am buying a ticket online. Where do I select the date I want to attend ZOOLights?
Tickets are good for any one night of ZOOLights. You do not have to select a specific date when purchasing your ticket.

Are skates included in the price of warm weather "ice" skating?
Yes! Skates are included in price of ice skating. Socks will be available for purchase at the rink. Each skating ticket is good for 15 minutes on the “ice”.