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. When the days get shorter and darker, it’s natural for us to want to gather around lights in order to remind ourselves that sunshine and warm weather will soon come again. Holiday lights aren’t just about the gloomy winter season, though; we celebrate lights also to fill our hearts with good tidings and cheer throughout the holiday season. This year, the San Antonio Zoo once again welcomes back the 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 25% 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? Every weeknight between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and weekend night from 6:00 to 11:00, 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 Mrs. Claus’ Cocina.

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


How Long Do the San Antonio Zoo Lights Last?

The San Antonio Zoo Lights will be on display beginning Saturday, November 17 and will light up the zoo through December 31.


What Are the Hours of San Antonio Zoo Lights?

The lights will be open from 12:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Sundays and 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 11/17-12/31.


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 $22.99 for adults and $19.99 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 a 25% off deal now for a limited time. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind magical holiday experience right here in San Antonio!


What Is Mrs. Claus’ Cocina?

Mrs. Claus’ Cocina is a new attraction for 2018 San Antonio Zoo Lights. This activity is billed as transforming Mrs. Claus’ kitchen into San Antonio’s favorite Mexican style cuisine. This exclusive dinner celebrates local culture, complete with mariachis, delicious Tex-Mex, sweets, Mexican hot cocoa, and more. Children will also get an opportunity to decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus. The event is available on the following days, beginning at 5:30 p.m and ending at 8:00 p.m.

  • November 17-20, 23-25
  • December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-24, 26-31