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 2020 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. For a limited time, Groupon has tickets for up to 27% off the price of admission!

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

What are the Zoo Lights? From November 17 through December 31, 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 2020 San Antonio Zoo Lights Last?

The San Antonio Zoo Lights will light up the zoo from November 17 through December 31.


What Are the Hours of San Antonio Zoo Lights?

The lights will be open from 12:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The lights will turn on at 6:00 p.m. daily. Open on holidays as well from 11/7-12/31.


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 starts at $19.94 for adults and $16.15.75 for children. But 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! Not a member? Groupon is running an up to 27% off deal now for a limited time. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind magical holiday experience right here in San Antonio!


Is There Anything New for Zoo Lights 2020?

This year, lights have been expanded into more areas, as was the case last year. There’s also the Kiddie Park open at night.