San Antonio Zoo Lights 2023

San Antonio Zoo Lights 2023

Welcome to the enchanting world of San Antonio Zoo Lights 2023, where the spirit of the holidays comes alive in a mesmerizing array of twinkling lights, whimsical displays, and a joyful atmosphere that promises to be a must-see experience for families and friends alike. Join us on a journey through this winter wonderland as we explore the delights that await visitors at the San Antonio Zoo – a holiday extravaganza you can’t miss!

And, if you want to check out more places with Christmas light shows, check out our article on Best Christmas Lights in San Antonio 2023!

Editor’s Note: Our staff works hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, all information in the article below is subject to change. Please verify with the organizers before making plans to head out.

San Antonio Zoo Lights – What’s New for 2023?

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San Antonio Zoo Lights | Image Credit: San Antonio Zoo

This year, the Zoo Lights San Antonio has to offer are still making Christmas merry and bright but have added new attractions to make your visit during the holidays even more special! Aside from the SA Zoo Lights, check out the following attractions:

  • Water Wonderland: Dive into an aquatic escapade at Water Wonderland, where jellyfish, turtles, fish, and a majestic whale transform the pathway into a mesmerizing underwater spectacle with immersive water effects.
  • Peppermint Path: Stroll along Peppermint Path, adorned with red and white lights that sprinkle festive cheer on buildings and trees, creating a candy cane celebration. These are the Zoo San Antonio lights you don’t want to miss!
  • Fa La La Flamingo: Experience the joy of Fa La La Flamingo, where 36 larger-than-life flamingos light up the area with their cheerful glow, adding a touch of whimsy and laughter to the festivities.
  • FAO Schwarz Tony Parker Animal Collection: Discover the FAO Schwarz Tony Parker Animal Collection at Beastro Restaurant, featuring unique plush animals generously donated by retired Spurs point guard Tony Parker. Capture fun and unforgettable selfies with these larger-than-life lovable creatures.
  • Polar Playground: Step into the frosty wonderland of Polar Playground, where larger-than-life activities transport you back to the joys of childhood, creating a magical and playful atmosphere.
  • Cowboy’s Yule: Wander through Cowboy’s Yuletide Trail, where friendly furry companions and thousands of twinkling lights come together to create a magical ambiance that will leave you in awe.
  • Candy Lane: Satisfy your sweet tooth on Candy Lane, where a light tunnel guides you through scrumptious treats and festive activities, ensuring a delightful experience for visitors of all ages!


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Unwrap the magic of Christmas in San Antonio on this enchanting 2-hour walking tour! Stroll through San Antonio’s festive streets, bathed in Christmas lights and festive spirit.

Discover the Alamo’s winter wonderland, Market Square’s vibrant cheer, and the River Walk’s enchanting illumination. Learn local legends, and rich history, and create lasting holiday memories on this 2-hour tour.

Book your Twinkling Lights of San Antonio – A Christmas Walking tour TODAY and let the twinkle of San Antonio’s Christmas lights warm your heart this holiday season!

Zoo San Antonio Lights – Annual Attractions

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San Antonio Zoo Lights | Image Credit: San Antonio Zoo

Those who see the San Antonio Zoo Lights year after year know that these events and attractions never fail to disappoint:

  • Starry Safari: Embark on an illuminated adventure across the savanna in Safari Spectacle. Witness life-sized giraffes standing tall at 15 feet, alongside two larger-than-life elephant displays. Marvel at light-up monkeys swinging overhead and bright hippos gracefully swimming below.
  • Holiday Sing-A-Long Express: All aboard the Holiday Harmony Express! Sing your favorite festive tunes as you enjoy a daily ride through the historic Brackenridge Park during zoo hours.
  • Lakeside Laser Lightshow: Get ready for the return of the Lakeside Lights Extravaganza! Experience a high-energy laser light show featuring pixel technology and a custom soundtrack of Christmas tunes. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing along because we sure weren’t!
  • Santa Workshop: Santa has set up his workshop at the zoo! Share your Christmas wishes with him and capture a photo on his sleigh at Meme’s Pavilion. Skip the line by booking your photo session with Santa for a time-saving experience.

Sensory Zoo Lights San Antonio Zoo 2023

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Experience the enchantment of the SA Zoo Lights in a serene and sensory-friendly setting at the San Antonio Zoo’s special Sensory Night, powered by CPS Energy, on November 20. This exclusive event features a more intimate crowd, subdued music, minimal flashing lights, and extra quiet spaces, ensuring a delightful experience for everyone.

In collaboration with KultureCity, a nonprofit dedicated to creating sensory-inclusive environments, the San Antonio Zoo has established designated quiet zones and marked headphone-friendly areas across the property. To further enhance the experience, visitors with sensory sensitivities can now access Sensory bags at the zoo entrance. These bags include noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads, available for checkout with a valid I.D. and while supplies last. Discover the magic of Zoo Lights at your own pace with these thoughtful accommodations.

San Antonio Zoo Lights Hours & Dates

Make the most of your holiday experience with the San Antonio Christmas Zoo Lights that run from November 18 to December 31. Take note that the San Antonio Zoo Lights hours are from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm during this time.

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San Antonio Zoo Lights | Image Credit: San Antonio Zoo

To book your San Antonio Zoo Lights Tickets, visit their ticketing site here! You can also take advantage of the Annual Memberships that the SA Zoo has to offer because the Zoo Lights are free for members! Otherwise, we recommend choosing Standard Admission which includes the San Antonio Zoo Lights.

Cost: Children (3 years old and under) FREE; Adults $27.99.


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Unveil San Antonio’s nocturnal charm on this intimate 3-hour tour. Immerse yourself in the city’s illuminated splendor, from the breathtaking panoramas of the Tower of the Americas to a captivating River Walk cruise. Our knowledgeable guide navigates hidden gems and iconic landmarks, weaving fascinating historical narratives along the way.

Book your exclusive journey with this Scenic San Antonio Small Group Night Tour w/Riverwalk Boat Cruise TODAY!!!

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