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Holiday ‘WildLights’ 2021: Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Holiday ‘WildLights’ 2021: Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, Palm Desert, Opens Wed, Nov 24, 2021 at 6:00 PM

PALM DESERT, CA – (November 19, 2021) – WildLights at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens celebrates 29 years of dazzling guests by transforming the zoo into a sparkling winter wonderland.

–Image via courtesy of The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

This joyous, annual tradition kicks off Wednesday, November 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and continues select nights through December 30.

Tickets are on sale now and advanced reservations are required. WildLights at The Living Desert features more than a million colorful, twinkling lights and light displays with decorations and entertainment spread throughout the zoo and has been recognized by USA Today as Reader’s Choice Best Zoo Lights for two years in a row.

Encounter a herd of life-size, luminescent animal lanterns including giraffe and cheetahs, explore the new Rhino Savanna, and stroll through the always-popular tunnel of lights flashing to holiday music.

A photo opportunity with Santa Claus tops the list of attractions, plus enjoy carousel rides, entertainment, and more.

Children and adults alike will be in awe of the merry G-scale model trains with more than 3,300 feet of track, all decked out for the season.

Tasty food and beverages will also be available for purchase. “This year we have so much to celebrate and are thrilled to welcome our guests back to WildLights this holiday season,” said Allen Monroe, President & CEO of The Living Desert.

“With our new Rhino Savanna and the merriment throughout the park, we are honored to be part of families’ memory-making traditions. Plus, every time someone visits The Living Desert, they help further our mission to save endangered species, so we invite everyone to join the festivities while supporting an important cause.”

WildLights, presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, is open November 24, 26, 27, and December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17-24, 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. Admission to WildLights is $16 for adults, $14 for members, $12 for children 3-12 and military (with ID).

Children under three are free. For tickets and more information, visit or call 760-346-5694.

About the Living Desert:

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit, accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, ensuring the highest standards of all aspects of animal care, education, conservation, public service, and operations.

The Zoo is active in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the world, as well as in its own community.

The Zoo has been a top destination in the Palm Springs area for over 50 years. The Living Desert is located at 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260. For more information: (760) 346-5694 or visit livingdesert.org.


Select nights: Nov. 24, 26-27 & Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-24, 26-30, 2021 – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

More info:  https://www.livingdesert.org/events/upcoming-zoo-events/wildlights/

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA

From The Living Desert:

“WildLights is celebrating 29 years dazzling guests by transforming the Zoo into a sparkling winter wonderland. Come to this festive, annual tradition and marvel at more than a million colorful, sparkling holiday lights.”

“Advanced reservations are required for both members and guests, and tickets are limited to accommodate for health and safety precautions.”


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