Nothing says “Christmas” like thousands of sparkling lights and jaw-dropping displays. San Antonio Zoo Lights are now open and ready to help you celebrate the holiday season!
Bigger, brighter, and wilder, the Zoo Lights, powered by CPS Energy, is chock full of dazzling displays and exciting activities. From animal light structures to camel rides, there’s something that will make you go, “Wow.”
What makes this experience even better is that over 95% of the lights are LED. That means they’re energy-efficient, leaving a positive impact on the environment.
Take your family and friends and feel the holiday spirit together!
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Deal Alert – Best of San Antonio Sightseeing Tour
Discover all the famous places in San Antonio in this guided sightseeing tour of River City. This is a driving tour and a river cruise, but you will be getting out to do some walking. You’ll see The Alamo and have a tour, of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, and the Tower of the Americas and ride up the elevator, and San Antonio River Walk- all arranged for you.
How Much: $139.00
Where: River City, 9218 Thornbury St, San Antonio, TX 78250, United States
Driving distance from San Antonio: 18.4 mi
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San Antonio Zoo Lights – What’s new for 2022?
Of course, you’ll see some of your favorite displays like elaborate holiday-themed displays, 32-foot LED light trees, and the always-popular 124-foot light tunnel.
But you should also look for some new additions. A new realm, the IllumiLIFE Art Display takes you on a journey in an outdoor gallery of brilliant lights, illuminations of wildlife paintings, and other mixed-media illustrations!
Explore the lights of San Antonio with this guided tour that includes a driving tour, as well as a River Walk Cruise. You’ll also get to visit the Tower of the Americas and go to the top. The River Cruise is narrated so you can learn about all you pass by, including Old Mill Crossing, and the vehicle tour is also narrated, so you can hear all about the history of the area.
Get more information and book your Scenic San Antonio Night Tour TODAY!!!
Zoo Lights San Antonio 2022 – Always Popular Attractions
Aside from the amazing light displays, there are a lot of attractions you can enjoy.
Travel on the Holiday Sing-A-Long Express, and belt out some tunes! Holiday classics are played while you stroll through the historic Brackenridge Park, which is open every day during zoo regular hours.
You can dance the night away at the Lakeside Light Show. The high-energy show of pixel technology and a custom soundtrack of Christmas and Latin songs will definitely get you on your feet.
Another unique and exciting experience you can get at the San Antonio Zoo Light Show is riding a camel. For just $10, you get to stroll through the zoo and see the twinkling lights on an actual camel!
Always a holiday favorite, the Santa Meet & Greet gives your kids (and you) some time to spend with the jolly man in red. Whisper your Christmas wishes and commemorate the moment with a photo! For more places to get Santa pictures, check out our article on Santa Pictures San Antonio 2022!
There are also some other scheduled events such as the Cowboy’s Peppermint Parade, performances by the Ray Coloa Band, and the Dickinson Carolers. See the website for the full details of these events and make your plans today!
San Antonio Zoo Lights 2022 – Food and Drink
Walking around and taking pictures can be draining. Luckily, there are a lot of options to rest and fuel up.
Stop by Beastro Restaurant for delicious burgers and pizza. Sit, rest, and eat as you get a great view of the lake and impressive carousel.
You and the kids can also have fun while making some treats. Gather around the fire and roast some marshmallows. Savor the goodness of this sweet treat with some cozy hot cocoa.
San Antonio Zoo Lights – Dates and Hours of Operation for 2022
San Antonio Zoo Lights 2022 Schedule: The Christmas Lights in the San Antonio Zoo will run from November 19, 2022 to January 1, 2023. That gives you a lot of time to take your friends and family or maybe just appreciate the scene by yourself.
They’re even open on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day! So, if you didn’t have plans before, you do now!
San Antonio Zoo Lights Hours: Lights start to come on as the sun goes down, between 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm.
Zoo Lights – Tickets and Admission Discount
San Antonio Zoo Lights admission price is included with Standard Admission, which is $31.99 for adults and 27.99 for kids three to 11. But members and children under three can come in and roam around for free.
There are some elements, however, that require an additional cost, like photos with Santa, camel rides, s’mores, and the Project Selva 4D Theater.
Coupon Code & Ticket Discounts: Now through December 25, 2022, the San Antonio zoo is offering a variety of daily discounts and promotions including a 25% discount on Annual Memberships, deals on merchandise, and more! Get all the details at this link!
The Standard South Central Texas Pogo Pass (San Antonio/Austin/Waco) provides admissions to 35 different entertainment venues in the San Antonio, Austin and Waco area.
Perfect for families, the Pogo Pass gives both adult and child pass-holders 50+ visits to some of the best things to do that San Antonio, Austin and Waco have to offer. The Pogo Pass nearly pays for itself with a visit to one or two venues alone!!!
Pass Features the following Attractions in San Antonio
- One visit to the San Antonio Zoo
- One visit to the Witte Museum
- One visit to the Buckhorn Museum
- One visit to Wonder World Park
- One visit to the San Antonio Aquarium
- One visit to Rush Fun Park
- Six tickets to the University of Texas – San Antonio athletic events (multiple sports)
- Two visits to Pump It Up
- Two visits to Monster Mini Golf & Laser Tag for a round of Mini Golf
Check out the POGO pass and SAVE Big on San Antonio Attractions!
San Antonio Zoo Christmas Lights 2022 – Location and Parking
Do these mesmerizing lights pique your interest? Head over to the San Antonio Zoo at 3903 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212 to check out these stunning displays!
And if you have a car, you can park in the new Parking Garage or in the parking lot by the Train Depot.
San Antonio Zoo Lights 2022 – Frequently Asked Questions
Are San Antonio Zoo Lights open on Thanksgiving or Christmas?
Looking for something to do on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day? Then you’re in luck. San Antonio Zoo Lights are open both on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Can you see the animals during Zoo Lights?
If you want to see the animals, we suggest you go during the day. If you arrive after 5:00 p.m., the zoo’s animals will be in their beds for the night as the lights turn on to create a magical holiday experience. So in other words, the focus of Zoo Lights are the lights, not the animals.
Remember to check out our other Christmas-related articles including Best Christmas Lights San Antonio 2022 Guide, Santa Pictures in San Antonio 2022, and Best Christmas Tree Lighting Events in San Antonio
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