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Don't Miss the DeLIGHTful Additions to Our 31st Season
Select Nights, November 22 - December 30, 6:00-9:00pm
Advanced reservations required
New! Adults Only (21+) Night - December 14. Click here to learn more.
This year, experience several new and reimagined light exhibits, such as the new 30-foot-tall holiday tree and lighted animal-themed displays. But don’t worry, many of your festive favorites are returning, such as the Tunnel of Lights, smores station, holiday carousel, photos 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.
|Adult (18+)||$19.95 - $22.95|
|Adult (Member)||$17.95 - $20.95|
|Child (3-17)||$15.95 - $18.95|
|Child (Under 3)||FREE|
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.
What are the dates and times for WildLights?
6:00pm - 9:00pm | 8:30pm Last Admission
November 21 – Member Preview Night
November 22, 24-25 | December 1-2, 8-9, 14-24, 26-30
The Living Desert is closed Christmas Day, December 25.
What are the prices for WildLights?
$19.95 - $22.95 General Admission
$17.95 - $20.95 Member Ticket
$15.95 - $18.95 Child Ticket (3-17 years old)
Free for children under 3
Can I use my tickets on any night?
No. WildLights tickets are valid only on the specific date and time for which you purchased your tickets.
Why are there timed entry tickets?
Timed-entry tickets help us regulate how many people are in the Zoo at any given time. Once inside the event, guests may stay until the event ends at 9:00pm.
How will I receive the tickets that I purchased online?
Once you complete your purchase, you will receive a confirmation email from "eGalaxy Store" <email@example.com>, and your ticket order will be attached as a PDF. Please be sure to check your SPAM or Junk email folders.
If you are unable to locate the tickets, please contact the Guest Experience Center for additional assistance at (760) 346-5694.
Does The Living Desert offer members special pricing or entry days?
Members receive $2 off adult admission to WildLights. Click here to login and purchase your discounted member tickets.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see WildLights early at our exclusive Member Preview Night on Tuesday, November 21.
Are WildLights tours available?
WildLights is a self-guided experience. Group and private tours are not available during this event.
Will there be tickets available day-of?
You are strongly encouraged to purchase your WildLights tickets in advance as this event can sell out quickly.
What is the refund policy?
WildLights tickets are non-refundable. If you pre-purchased tickets, but are unable to attend, consider giving them as gifts to friends or family. WildLights is a rain or shine event.
What To Know Before you Go
Can I enter the Zoo before the event starts?
WildLights is a separate, ticketed event. 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.
Where should I park?
We are excited to share that The Living Desert’s parking lot will be expanded for WildLights this year! However, we still encourage you to allow additional time for parking and to carpool, when possible. As always, parking is free in the Zoo's main parking lot.
Overflow parking is located on Portola Avenue, Haystack Avenue, and Buckboard Avenue. Please be courteous when parking on neighborhood streets; do not block driveways, park in red/No Parking zones, or block in other cars. Please be mindful of barricades and signage that is put into place to create a smooth parking experience for our guests. Also, please be expeditious when dropping off friends and family near the front gate so as not to impede the flow of traffic.
What can I do at the event?
WildLights will feature several fun and festive nightly activities including:
• Exploring the Zoo’s lighted pathways and light displays, including the Tunnel of Lights and Synchronized Light Zones
• Photos with Santa
• Plentiful photo opportunities
• Holiday carousel
• Festive fare will also be available for purchase, including hot chocolate and s’mores stations, beer, wine, and sprits, and snacks
Can I meet Santa?
Guests of all ages will be able to pose with Santa for photos through December 24. Once Santa departs for the North Pole on Christmas Day, the Grinch takes over this fabulous photo op, from December 26-30.
Are gift shops and concessions open?
Yes, the gift shop and concessions will be open, as well as a selection of specialty eateries, including the S’mores Station and Hot Chocolate Bar.
Can you see animals during WildLights?
Although the light displays are the main feature of the event, some animals may be visible.
Accessibility at WildLights
Are strollers and wheelchairs available to rent?
Yes, The Living Desert rents strollers, wheelchairs, and ECV (Electric Convenience Vehicles) on a first come, first served basis.
Single Strollers: $8.00*
Double Strollers: $10.00*
Electric Scooter/Electric Convenience Vehicle: $30*
*All rental prices are plus tax.
Is the route wheelchair accessible?
The Zoo offers wide, paved pathways throughout the park, making exploring accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.
Please keep in mind that there may be heavy crowds during the event.
Is this event sensory-friendly?
While we strive to provide a safe and friendly environment that visitors of all ages and abilities can enjoy, please note that WildLights has amplified music and features displays with flashing lights.