California Christmas


Santa Barbara ZooLights

November 3, 2022-January 15, 2023, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Niños Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

See the Zoo in a whole new light at night at the first-ever ZooLights! Enjoy this immersive holiday experience featuring thousands of handcrafted silk-covered lanterns aglow with more than 50,000 LED bulbs.  Walk through the Zoo and enjoy the illuminated lanterns showcasing animal and nature scenes that represent wild places from around the world.

Discover the African plains, a whimsical butterfly display, interactive areas, and a taste of the Outback.


Zoo occupants aren't the only mammals enjoying special food & drinks during the holidays. Adults visiting the zoo can purchase spirits, take pictures and catch some Christmas surprise  throughout the month of December.

Holiday shopping at the zoo provides a unique opportunity to support the non-profit zoo's programs through memberships, sponsorships of animals or gift purchases in the souvenir shop.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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