Zoo Lights 2023!

Don't Miss Out On the Fun!


*Please note: during Zoo Lights, the Zoo will close at 4 pm.


November 17 - December 30

(closed for private parties on Nov 20, Dec 3, 4, 7, 10)


Sunday- Thursday
Evenings from 5 pm -9 pm
Dec 22-30 Zoo Lights closes at 9pm
*Last ticket sold at 8 pm

Special Hours:
Thanksgiving & Christmas: 6 pm - 9 pm

Premier Nights:

Friday & Saturday: 5 pm-10 pm
Excluding Dec 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th
Last ticket sold at 9 pm


Children under 12: $9
Adults: $12
Seniors: $9

Premier Night Prices:
Children under 12: $9
Adults: $14
Seniors: $9

Members of the Topeka Zoo
enjoy a $2 discount on tickets only!
Reciprocal Memberships do not receive any discounts. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance
and are nonrefundable.

Zoo Lights FAQ

I Love You Sign

Planning something special?

Email us at help@topekazoo.org!

 A Magical safari of lights

Ring in the Holiday season with Zoo Lights Presented by Evergy, one of Topeka's treasured holiday traditions returning for its fourth season. Enjoy a stroll around the zoo and experience twinkling lights, dazzling displays, festive activities, and of course- Santa Claus! Zoo Lights is a truly magical destination creating lasting memories and a favorite, continuing tradition for our community.


The Coolest Place to stay warm!

Whether celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or having a night out with friends. Our Igloos provide a cozy, secluded space to enjoy this Winter Wonderland all evening long. Elevate your experience with a private igloo with food and beverage add-on options!

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The Best Party Spot

Needing a venue for your next holiday party or family gathering? The Topeka Zoo is the perfect place, we have various spaces throughout the zoo both large and small to fit your party size! To reserve a date for your private event, contact privateevents@topekazoo.org.

Little Girl Zoo Lights

 Get them together!

 Make it a group event! Gather your youth group, teammates, school, or multiple families to come out and enjoy the twinkling lights and festivities.
When purchasing group tickets, be sure to scroll down to the "Group" option and use the code "GroupZooLights"     

Looking for food & Drinks?

Squishable giving tree slide (2)
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Snow Days


Bring your curious explorers to a warm place for cool play at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center!

Festival of Trees

Christmas Tree Decoration (1)
For over 45 years, SLI’s Festival of Trees has been a fun, family-friendly holiday event showing off the fabulous designs of some amazing designers. The 2023 Festival of Trees will also include a silent auction, Festival Soiree, and the Sweet Shoppe.

Winter Wonderland


Winter Wonderland is a beautiful two-mile drive-thru dazzling holiday light display that benefits TARC, a non-profit organization that provides excellent support and advocacy to those with developmental, intellectual, and related disabilities.

Holiday at the Plaza


Kick-off your holiday shopping this season at Evergy Plaza! This Holiday Market will transform Evergy Plaza into a festive holiday marketplace that features local artisans selling handcrafted jewelry, crafts, sweet treats, and more. Find the perfect holiday gift!

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The elves of Zoo Lights!

Interested in being an elf? It's easy! Send us an email with the button below and we will be happy to chat!

Want to help out?

Contact help@topekazoo.org to find out how you can be part of making the magic happen during the event!

All proceeds benefit FOTZ, a non-profit organization that supports the Topeka Zoo through guest experiences, animal care, conservation efforts, and educational programs and camps.