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Holidays at Zoo Miami: Dazzling ‘Zoo Lights’

Some resident “animals” at Zoo Miami get a holiday sprucing up during the attraction’s annual Zoo Lights event, which is offered on select nights from November 25 through December 30, 2022.

Families and children of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in the 3D experience that includes animal-shaped light displays, with more than 1 million bright and dazzling lights!

(Video courtesy of Zoo Miami)

There will be holiday music throughout the park, at 12400 SW 152nd St., plus animal encounters, appearances by Santa Claus, and a brand-new, 26-foot-tall LED holiday tree. You can also enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and the Snowman’s Riverboat ride – though additional fees may apply.

The daily event hours are 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Zoo Miami)

Entry  is $20.95 for adults and $18.95 for children. There’s also a Zoo Lights Miami package that includes admission, hot chocolate, and two cookies. Click here to make your purchase.

Public parking is free. 

(Photo courtesy of Zoo Miami)

Theme nights

Aside from all of the magical light displays, there will be special themed nights, in which participants are encouraged to come dressed up. 

  • Nov. 25 & 26: PJ Onesie nights
  • Dec. 2 & 3: Ugly sweater nights
  • Dec. 9 & 10: Galactic nights
  • Dec. 16-18: Santa, Mrs. Claus and elf lookalike nights
  • Dec. 22 & 23: Superhero nights
  • Dec. 28-30: PJ Onesie nights

Parking is free.

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Josie Gulliksen

About Josie Gulliksen

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami and contributes to Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. She has contributed to, Biscayne Times and Miami New Times. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today as Calendar Editor and arts writer and then worked for 13 years in public relations. She has her own blog Scene Around South FL at

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