The holiday season is a special time of year. Aside from all of the festivities, feasts, and family gatherings, the winter months are a time to celebrate light. For the 2021 holiday season, the San Antonio Zoo once again welcomes back the Whataburger San Antonio Zoo Lights to brighten up the holiday season with over two million lights sure to dazzle visitors of any kind and make your holidays truly magical. 

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The holiday lights at the San Antonio Zoo are presented by Whataburger, Texans’ favorite burger joint.

What are the Zoo Lights? From November 19 through January 2, the San Antonio Zoo lights up with a dazzling array of colorful light displays and festive holiday music to fill you and your loved ones with the holiday spirit. While taking in the splendor and beauty of the lights, visitors can also enjoy hot chocolate, roast s’mores, ride camels, visit with Santa, take selfies in special photo areas, a special dinner, and even skate. Some additional fees are required for some activities, such as camel rides, s’mores, and photos with Santa. Simply put, it’s one of our favorite things to do in San Antonio with kids or even with your adult friends.

Below, we’ll take a look at the most frequently asked questions regarding San Antonio Zoo Lights.


How Long Do the 2021 San Antonio Zoo Lights Last?

The San Antonio Zoo Lights will light up the zoo from November 19 through January 2.


What Are the Hours of San Antonio Zoo Lights?

The lights will turn on when the sun goes down: Between 5:30 and 7 p.m. 


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 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.


How Much Is It to Get into the San Antonio Zoo Lights?

Admission to the zoo including the San Antonio Zoo lights is $29.99 for adults and $25.99 for children. You can get a discount on San Antonio Zoo admission right now.  

If you’re a member, you’ll be happy to know that it’s included with your membership. That’s right–San Antonio Zoo Lights is free for members! Some elements of Zoo Lights that are an additional cost such as a photo with Santa, camel rides ($10), and s’mores ($5).


Is There Anything New for Zoo Lights 2021?

This year, there are 2 new 32 ft LED trees that are a must see for children and adults! There is also the new Water Wonderland realm with light up jellyfish and sea creatures all around. You will also love the life size illuminated animals such as the 15 ft tall giraffe. Also the Lakeside Lightshow is back this year. You will find yourself dancing to the custom soundtrack of Christmas and Latin songs.


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