Zoolights at the Buffalo Zoo | Kids Out and About Buffalo

Zoolights at the Buffalo Zoo

Zoo Lights at the Buffalo Zoo is back and better than ever! This year get ready for more lights, more nights and more fun. Enjoy the Zoo after hours as you stroll through our illuminated winter wonderland. Take in dazzling light displays (charge up your phone for those Instagram worthy photos!), listen to holiday music, indulge in warm winter treats including a hot cocoa bar and s’mores, and visit with Santa or the Ice Princesses (Santa will be here through December 23. The Ice Princesses will be here December 26 - January 2)! Zoo Lights kicks off on Saturday, November 27 and runs on select nights through January 2. 2022 from 5:30 until 9 pm.

Please help us keep this calendar up to date! If this activity is sold out, canceled, or otherwise needs alteration, email mindy@kidsoutandabout.com so we can update it immediately.



  • Non-Member Adult: $15.50
  • Non-Member Child: $10.50
  • Member Adult: $10.50
  • Member Child: $7.50
  • Under 24 Months: FREE

Enhance your Zoo Lights Experience with one of our 2021 Ticket Packages!

Cheers New Year's! Package - $40.00 

Two tickets, two logoed champagne flutes and two servings of prosecco or sparkling juice. 

In with the new in 2022! Toast to the new year among the warm glow of Zoo Lights. While you stroll the dazzling light displays, sip on your choice of a glass of prosecco or non-alcoholic sparkling juice. This package includes two general admission Zoo Lights tickets and two single servings of your choice of prosecco or non-alcoholic sparkling juice. Zoo Lights is open on New Year’s Eve from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm (last admission is 8:30 pm). 


Merry Moments Photo Package - $60.00 

Four Pack Tickets + 6”x8” Photo

Commemorate the joy of the holiday season and your visit to Zoo Lights with our Merry Moments ticket and photo package. Stop by each of our photo spots and our professional photographers will capture your magical night at Zoo Lights. You’ll get to take home one 6”x8” commemorative photo in a special Zoo Lights paper frame. This package includes four general admission Zoo Lights tickets, so gather a group for merry photo memories and fun! 

Planning on getting merrily married this holiday season? Our photo spots, professional photographers and photo packages are perfect for holiday engagements! 


Four by the Fireside Package- $65.95 

Four Pack Tickets, Four S’mores Kits, Four Visits to the Comfort & Joy Hot Chocolate Bar.

Warm up even the chilliest nights at Zoo Lights with our Four by the Fireside package! You’ll receive four general admission Zoo Lights tickets, four kits to use for some fireside fun at our s’mores stations and four one-time visits to our Comfort & Joy hot chocolate bar where you can indulge in rich cups of cocoa and mix-up the flavor at our toppings table. 


Festive Fun and Food Package -$99.95 

Four Pack Tickets, Four Train Ride Tickets, Four S’mores Kits + Four Visits to the Comfort & Joy Hot Cocoa Bar, Santa Photo or Ice Princesses photo depending on date. 

You'll be shining bright at Zoo Lights with our Festive Fun and Food for Four Package! This package includes the whole Zoo Lights experience with general Zoo Lights admission tickets, tickets for a spin on the Happy Holidays Express train, and a festive photo with Santa or the Ice Princesses. When it's time to warm your bellies, cozy up to the fire and roast some s'mores, and mix up the flavor with a visit to the Comfort & Joy Hot Chocolate Bar. 


Very Merry VIP Package - $199.95 

VIP (Firepits, Seats, and Service) 

The merriest way to experience Zoo Lights is our VIP package! This truly unforgettable Zoo Lights experience includes four general admission tickets, a private outdoor lounge with vertical heaters for your exclusive use through the evening, and your own dedicated fire pit with s’mores to roast. Indulge in some cheesy fun with hot fondue and delectable dippables and sip on seasonal beverages, all served by your VIP attendant. The Zoo Lights VIP experience is for up to four guests; space is limited, so reserve today! 


Ticket Description: 

Each ticket for Zoo Lights includes admission to our self-guided walking tour of dazzling light displays within our winter wonderland village.  

Zoo Lights at the Buffalo Zoo is a festive event designed to celebrate the magic of the holiday season. To ensure the best experience, please note the following: 

  • Pre-paid, non-refundable, non-transferable tickets are required to attend Zoo Lights at the Buffalo Zoo. Should a ticket holder be unable to attend, your purchase will be considered a donation. There will be no refunds. 
  • Children 24 months and under are admitted free but require reserved tickets. Simply select “Children - 24 Months and Under” for each child who meets the age requirement. 
  • Buffalo Zoo Members receive a special member discount. Please bring your valid Buffalo Zoo membership card and identification to the event. A $5.00 per ticket fee is charged for Members who cannot provide a valid Buffalo Zoo membership card and identification. 
  • Member level tickets are non-transferable. The Member’s name must be on all tickets purchased, and the Member must be present with a valid Buffalo Zoo membership card and identification at entry. 
  • Zoo Lights at the Buffalo Zoo does not feature the animal collection at the Zoo. 
  • This event is held rain or shine. Dates and times are subject to change or cancellation without notice. 


*Times, dates, and prices of any activity posted to our calendars are subject to change. Please be sure to click through directly to the organization’s website to verify.


The Buffalo Zoo


300 Parkside Ave
Buffalo , NY, 14214
United States


Contact name: 
Christian Dobosiewicz
5:30 - 9 pm