Thursday, November 19, 2020

Dallas Zoo Lights returns as a drive-thru experience


The Dallas Zoo’s beloved holiday tradition, Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant, is back, and with a safe and socially distant twist! This year’s event has been reimagined as a drive-thru, allowing guests to enjoy the Dallas Zoo’s brand of holiday cheer without leaving the comfort of their vehicle.

On 36 select nights from November 20 through January 3, guests are invited to drive through a winter wonderland at the Dallas Zoo, featuring over one million sparkling lights and elaborate lighted displays. The more than one-mile-long driving path will take guests on a winding route through areas of the Zoo that have not been open to the public for years, and then through ZooNorth and back out the Zoo’s front entrance.

To allow the Zoo to control traffic and to try to minimize the wait for guests, this year’s event does require a separate timed ticket that must be purchased online in advance. When purchasing tickets, guests can choose a window of time for their entry and are asked to arrive at the Zoo during that window so they can join the queue for the drive-thru.

The Zoo has created themed vignettes along the drive-thru path, showcasing silk-covered animal lanterns on a safari of lights, Santa’s candy cane lane, and a trio of penguins on an Antarctic adventure! Between vignettes, guests will be surrounded by light-wrapped trees, overhead and hanging lighted decor, and 2D and 3D animal and holiday displays.

Additionally, guests can pre-order a gift bag full of holiday goodies to share among their car full of family and friends – in the form of hot chocolate in festive souvenir cups, popcorn, and other holiday sweets – that will be delivered to their car window as they wait to enter. The Zoo also will provide a holiday soundtrack that guests can tune into via AM radio and enjoy as they travel along the drive-thru path.

For tickets and a full schedule of events, visit

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