Credit: Sal Cavazos
Credit: Sal Cavazos

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens’ WildLights Is Back! Here’s What to Expect

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

Winter nights in Palm Desert just got a whole lot brighter! A kaleidoscope of colors and lights will illuminate winter evenings at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Now in its 29th 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 its acreage into a whimsical winter wonderland. As guests make their way inside, a herd of life-size, luminescent animal lanterns will welcome them, along with 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 walk. One of the most popular features, the tunnel of lights, is perfect for photo ops and special moments—in 2017, Grammy Award-winning singer Megan Trainor was proposed to here! Take a stroll through this glittering tunnel, and watch as the lights that line the tunnel blink along to the beat of popular holiday tunes.


The Living Desert’s WildLights experience is fun for the whole family! Kids can take a spin on carousel rides or ask Santa for a special Christmas wish, while parents can enjoy the nightly entertainment and various food and beverage options. Guests can also see some of The Living Desert Zoo and Gardensanimals, such as black rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes and many more.

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 officially open to the public from 6-9 p.m. December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17-24 and 26-30. Guests can buy general admission tickets online for $16; children from ages 3-12 are $12; children under 3 are free. Zoo members get a $2 discount. Advanced reservations are required.

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

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