Topeka, KAN- Zoo Lights solidified its status as Topeka’s “newest holiday tradition” in its second year, with an 11% increase of visitors over 2020’s inaugural Zoo Lights. The event ran from November 19 to December 26, 2021 and was seen by 72,000 guests.

This year’s Zoo Lights was all about “doubling the fun in 2021,” with all new twinkling lights, dazzling displays, and festive activities that drew visitors to the Zoo. Mild temperatures late into the year also boosted Zoo Lights ticket sales contributing to the robust attendance. It was the local event seen around the world, with 40% of visitors traveling from outside of Topeka. The Zoo saw visitation from 42 different states, plus Washington D.C. and the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. Even so, growing interest and support from the Topeka community has been a huge factor in the growth of the event.

“We want to share our immense gratitude for all the members of our community that participated with Zoo Lights, said Jared Bednar, Director of Administration and Creative. “Whether you helped set up lights, sponsored the event, or even just visited, you contributed to sharing some much-needed holiday joy and helped the Zoo in our mission.”

With the end of Zoo Lights 2021, the Zoo looks forward to what’s new in “Twenty Twenty ZOO.” In 2022, Guests will experience new events like DINOSAURS ALIVE!, the opening of the new Giraffe habitat, and welcoming new animals to the Topeka Zoo. There will also be a return of familiar events such as Roar and Pour, Brew at the Zoo, and of course, Zoo Lights. Those wanting to learn more can visit TopekaZoo.org.