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

December 7–9
December 14 – January 5
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 rides, 4D Theater, 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!



(Not included in general admission ticket price)


$1/child (3-12)


$1 per person
(Children 12 and under only)


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


Frequently Asked Questions

What time should I get there?
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.

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.