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Wildlights returns for the Holidays

WildLights Returns to The Living Desert for the Holidays!

Recognized in the Top 5 Best Zoo Lights by USA Today, WildLights at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a magical winter wonderland, complete with twinkling lights, dazzling light displays, and holiday fun. It is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and make lasting memories with friends and family. 

WildLights’ pathways take guests on an illuminated journey around the Zoo with endless awe-inspiring sights and festive photo opportunities. Guests can go for a spin on the carousel, enjoy themed treats, take a free, souvenir photo with Santa, and much more. In true WildLights tradition, the G-scale model trains, with more than 3,300 feet of track, will be decked out for the holidays.

WildLights is open on the following days in December: 2-3, 9-10, 16-24, 26-30. It is closed on Christmas Day.

The Wildlights at the Living Desert by Craige Campbell/ CoachellaValley.com

Advanced reservations are required for both members and guests. We recommend purchasing tickets as far in advance as you can, as we anticipate this event selling out. Tickets may be purchased above or by calling (760) 346-5694.

Ticket prices:

 General Admission$16
 Member Ticket$14
 Child Ticket (ages 3-12)$12
 Children under 3FREE

Get your tickets here:  GENERAL TICKETS   MEMBER TICKETS  Parking is free in the Zoo’s main parking lot, but spaces can fill up quickly. Plan to carpool and/or use a rideshare service to save time. Overflow parking is located on Portola Avenue, Haystack Avenue, and Buckboard Avenue.

Wildlights on Media Day at the Living Desert by Craige Campbell/ CoachellaValley.com

Guests of all ages will be able to pose with Santa for photos through December 24th. Santa will then depart for the North Pole on Christmas Day and will not be at WildLights on December 26th – 30th.


We are excited to share that, once again, WildLights has been nominated for USA TODAY’s 10Best Reader’s Choice “Best Zoo Lights” Award! For the past three years, WildLights has been voted as one of the Top Ten Zoo Lights and we’re glowing with gratitude for your continued support.

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