This Festive, Annual Tradition Kicks Off Wednesday, November 23

Tickets are now on sale for WildLights at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. This annual holiday tradition celebrates 30 years of dazzling guests by transforming the Zoo into a sparkling winter wonderland. The joyous festivities kick off Wednesday, November 23, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and continue select nights through December 30. Tickets are on sale now. Advanced reservations are required, as event capacity is limited each evening.

Presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, WildLights at The Living Desert features more than a million colorful, twinkling lights and light displays with decorations and entertainment spread throughout the zoo. WildLights has been recognized by USA Today as Reader’s Choice 10Best Zoo Lights for three years in a row and is in currently in the running for 2022.

Guests can stroll the numerous Zoo pathways that are brightly decorated with holiday lights. New displays and features are set to delight including a new Tunnel of Lights! The 15’ tall dazzling gift along with photos with Santa Claus top the list of attractions, plus enjoy carousel rides, roasting s’mores, entertainment, and more. Guests can also explore the trails of African Safari and catch a glimpse of rhinos, giraffe, zebra, and African painted dogs. The G-scale model trains with more than 3,300 feet of track, will be decked out for the season, as well. Tasty food and beverages will be available for purchase nightly.

“We are delighted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the WildLights holiday tradition,” said Allen Monroe, President/CEO of The Living Desert. “The memorable festivities are sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Plus, events like WildLights support The Living Desert’s mission to save endangered species and educate our community about the world’s wildlife and wild places.”


WildLights, presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, is open November 23, 25, 26, and December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16-24, and 26-30 (closed December 25), from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with last admission at 8:30 p.m. WildLights supporting sponsor is HiTech Lights.

Advanced reservations are required for both members and guests, as event capacity is limited. Admission to WildLights is $16 for adults, $14 for members, $12 for children 3-12. Children under three are free. For tickets and more information, visit or call 760-346-5694.