Dallas Zoo Lights 2021 Is A Drive-Thru Experience

Drive and shine! Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant returns as a drive-thru experience. Enjoy all the holiday lights you know and love, with a socially distant twist!

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 19 through January 2, 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.

Our family loves the Dallas Zoo and Zoo Lights was really fun! Both of my older children volunteered at the zoo when they were younger, so it’s really a special place to us!

Santa Claus and his elf waiting on children at Zoo Lights at the Dallas Zoo's Reliant Holiday Village.

Santa and his friendly elf can be found at the Reliant Holiday Village for pictures!

Making smores at Zoo Lights at the Dallas Zoo's Reliant Holiday Village

Reliant Holiday Village also offers refreshments, including a fire pit and smores kits.

Zoo Lights at the Dallas Zoo


Guests will notice some differences in this year’s Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant:
 Obviously, it’s a drive-thru event! The Dallas Zoo is open for normal Zoo visits from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
and then the new drive-thru version of Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant opens at 6:00 p.m.
 Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant is designed to let guests drive through parts of the Zoo to see
holiday lights AFTER most of our animals have gone to bed for the night. Animals will not be viewable
along the drive-thru path.
 This year’s event is not included with Zoo admission. A separate timed-entry ticket for Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant must be purchased online in advance of your visit.
 The Reliant Holiday Village located outside at the end of the drive-thru gives guests the opportunity to park, walk around while still social distancing, take part in lighted photo ops, and enjoy another holiday beverage (or let the kids burn off some energy) before heading home.

WHAT: Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant
WHEN: Select nights, Nov. 19 through Jan. 2 from 6:00-9:30 p.m. each night
WHERE: Dallas Zoo Main Entrance
650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E) | Dallas, TX 75203
TICKETS: Ticket pre-sale for Dallas Zoo members starts November 2; remaining tickets go on sale on
November 5. Admission to the event is $50 per car for Dallas Zoo members; $65 per car for the
general public. Timed-entry tickets must be purchased online in advance of your visit. For
tickets and a full schedule of events, visit https://www.dallaszoo.com/zoolights/.

About the Dallas Zoo: The Dallas Zoo is dedicated to creating a better world for animals. Named one of the nation’s Top 10 Zoos by USA Today, it is the largest zoological experience in Texas. The zoo has been accredited continuously by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums since 1985, and features a 106-acre park, thousands of animals, and an education department that offers programs for all ages. The zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis) and is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit DallasZoo.com or call 469.554.7500.

A huge Thank You to the Dallas Zoo for inviting us out for Media Night to experience Zoo Lights! I was not financially compensated for this post, and of course, all opinions are my own.



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