California Zoos


Palm Desert WildLights, The Living Desert

Top 10 Best Zoo Lights by USA Today

 November 22-December 30, 2023, 6-9 p.m.

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
47900 Portola Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260-6156
Tel: (760) 346-5694
$19.95-22.95, age 18+,

31st annual WildLights is back with something new - Adults Only (21+) Night

In 2023 WildLights holiday lighting experience unveils some new and reimagined light exhibits, such as the new 30-foot-tall holiday tree and lighted animal-themed displays.

Returning favorites include

  • Tunnel of Lights
  • S'mores station
  • Holiday carousel
  • Photos with Santa
  • G-scale model trains with 3,300+ feet of track  A

Light up your holiday and join us! WildLights, recognized in the , is a magical winter wonderland, complete with twinkling lights, dazzling light displays, and holiday fun.


Past spring event:

The wildly popular nighttime event, Glow in the Park, at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens wows many who've never been to the desert zoo before and now find they can't resist seeing mesmerizing, hand-crafted lantern displays that represent wildlife from around the world and under the sea! Dozens of displays in a brand-new, illuminated experience feature intricate and immersive animal and nature-scape lantern creations representing wild places from around the globe. Explore the lighted pathways, immersive photo-opportunities, and see The Living Desert in a whole new light.

Hundreds of illuminated lanterns larger-than-life feature breathtaking artistry, interactive elements, and a never-ending number of photo-ops.

Unveiled in 2022, the lights display last year featured  six themed paths, each with its own unique characteristics:

Traditional Chinese Lantern with their long standing in Chinese tradition, have rich symbolism and deep historical resonance.  Produced in partnership with Tianyu Arts and Culture, Inc., Glow in the Park is an extraordinary night-time event featuring intricate, immersive, and truly amazing animal and nature-scape lantern creations representing wild places from around the globe. 

Nighttime lights have been a big wow at Living Desert for more years than any kid can count, beginning more than 30 years ago with Wildlights holiday experience which annually wins awards for its entertaining and enlightening value to guests from around the globe.

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