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Light up Your Holiday Season at The Living Desert Zoo’s Million-Light Display

Written by: Andrea Gomez
Photography Provided By: The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens Winter Wildlights

Starting Nov. 27, nights in Greater Palm Springs will become a lot brighter and luminous! A kaleidoscope of bright colors and small lights will illuminate winter evenings at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert. Now in its 27th year of thrilling crowds, WildLights transforms the zoo into a place where people—both young and old—can enjoy the holiday season in one of the most unique ways possible in Greater Palm Springs.

More than one million shining lights will decorate the zoo and transform it into a whimsical winter paradise. As guests make their way inside, they will be welcomed by life-size lantern recreations of some of the most famous residents of The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Towering giraffes will glow and sparkling cheetahs in mid-jump will guide pathways for guests to stroll through. One of the most popular features, the tunnel of lights, is perfect for photo opportunities and special moments—in 2017 Grammy Award-winning singer Megan Trainor was proposed to here! The tunnel of lights gives families a great opportunity to relax with its holiday music light show. The lights that line the tunnel blink along to the beat of popular holiday classics.

Speaking about families—WildLights provides fun for the whole clan. Kids can take a spin on carousel rides or ask Santa for a special Christmas wish, while parents can enjoy the nightly entertainment. Guests can also meet some of The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens’ animals, such as the desert tortoise, through animal encounters and keeper chats. Meeting these creatures firsthand is a great way for children to learn about different species and conservation in a fun environment, so don’t miss out!

Also decked out in the holiday spirit will be The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens’ classic G-scale model trains. More than 3,300 feet of track will be garnished in merry adornments! Food and beverages will also be available to warm up any guest during their stay.

WildLights is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays in December (along with more dates on the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 6-9 p.m. Guests can grab tickets online or in-person for $14; children from ages 3-12 are $10. Zoo members get a $2 discount. Winter Wildlights

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760.346.5694 Winter Wildlights