OKC Zoo Lights


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This holiday season is going to be a vibrant and bright holiday with the return of the Oklahoma City Zoo’s yearly OKC Zoo Safari Lights. This is a festive celebration of lights and holiday fun at the same time, along with a wild touch.

Travelers and locals of all ages will certainly enjoy the chance to explore bigger-than-life illuminated lanterns showcasing the different wildlife creatures of the world, seasonal scenes, and pre-historic animals while on a driving tour throughout the OKC Zoo.

OKC Zoo Lights

About OKC Zoo Lights

You can drive at least twenty to thirty minutes and explore what the OKC Zoo Lights Festival has to offer. After your driving tour, you can also re-enter the zoo for an extra walking experience. This will start in the entry plaza along with a musical light presentation made by the Miranda Family Light of Edmond, OKC.

The walking tour then continues through the Children Zoo along with the Lakeside pathway, where you can enjoy the immersive light displays and picture-perfect photo ops. You can also savor the entire night with different sweet treats like cookies and smores and delicious drinks available for purchase in the Canopy Restaurant and Safari Café.

OKC Zoo safari lights Dates (2023-2024)

The incredible and amazing OKC Zoo Safari Lights will start on November 11, 2023, and run every night through New Year’s Day, January 1, 2024, along with walk-thru and drive-thru experiences.

Keep in mind that the OKC Zoo Safari Lights will be open on Christmas holiday nights, counting Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.

How to Get to the OKC zoo safari lights

The OKC Zoo is situated only south of Remington Park within the area called the Adventure District. From I-35, you can exit westbound at NE 50th. Then from I-44, you can exit southbound at Martin Luther King.

Once you get there, you can expect to find fairy lights, various Christmas light shows, awesome twinkle lights, light festivals, blinking, and Christmas lights.

There are also curtain Lights, twinkle lights trees, light exhibition, LED curtain lights, icicle lights, net lights, meteor shower lights, and rope lights, among others!

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Festival of lights Hours

The Safari lights illuminate Oklahoma City Zoo from 5:30 PM to 11 PM. This is the ideal time to immerse yourself in breathtaking light displays and installations, as well as create long-lasting memories with your loved ones.

How Much It Costs to Visit the Oklahoma zoo lights

Online reservations are needed for OKC Zoo Lights Festival. The drive-up purchases won’t be accepted. Tickets are also limited to guarantee optimal guest experience.

Admission for the drive-thru experience will be $60 per vehicle for ZooFriends members. For the non-members, it will be $70 per vehicle. That fee also includes four walk-thru admission tickets.

On the other hand, the admission for walk-thru is only $16 per person and $14 for ZooFriends members. Children aged 3 and under are free.

Weather and What to Wear

Make sure you wear something cozy during your visit to the OKC Zoo Lights Festival. That’s because of the average temperature in OKC in December for a normal day range from a high of 11°C and a low of -0°C. Other travelers would describe it as cold and breezy.

Hotels nearby the zoo lights

You can enjoy the benefits of relaxation and rest with a healthy dash of whimsy and humor at one of these unique Oklahoma lodging properties.

  • The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City

Situated in the middle of OKC and within walking distance of some top attractions, such as the Cox Convention Center, this amazingly restored historic hotel provides sophisticated guestrooms along with modern amenities.

  • Hyatt Place Oklahoma City Airport

This place is known for its consistent and excellent hospitality and incredible service. Located 2.3 kilometers away from White Water Bay, Hyatt Place provides amenities and facilities which could make you stay longer or even revisit.

Each of their comfortable rooms comes with a sofa bed, a flat-screen TV, a hairdryer, a coffee machine, and a refrigerator.

  • Colcord Hotel

This is one of the highly sought hotels in OKC. Featuring outstanding facilities, modern rooms, superb amenities, and so much more, this hotel will make even the most sensitive tourist feel at home.

Adorned with pleasant shades, the rooms’ color combinations create a laidback and casual atmosphere for every guest. On top of that, every unit comes with an iPod docking station, a flat-screen TV, and Wi-Fi.

  • La Quinta by Wyndham Oklahoma City

Sumptuous and hot breakfast each morning, great amenities, quality facilities, and courteous staff—indeed, La Quinta is a unique place to stay in town. Sleeping and staying here during your visit brings you closer to White Water Bay, which is only a ten-minute drive away.

The hotel is also close to Martin Nature Park, which is only 8 kilometers away. Do you like to experience total satisfaction? A fitness center and outdoor pool provide leisure and recreational facilities.

From the coffee machine to a flat-screen TV with premium cable channels, everything is properly taken care of inside the guest rooms.

Where to Eat

Years of expansion have established OKC’s dining scene into an amusing tapestry, where residents tastes of chicken, catfish, and beef combine with global cultures. Here are some of the many restaurants that deserve your support.

These establishments have flourished and pivoted during the industry’s toughest times, setting themselves up to lead the way into the market’s next chapter.

  • Café 501

Established in the mid-1990s, this place introduced upscale counter-service eating to Edmond, which is the neighbor of Oklahoma City to the north. Backed by a brand-new streetery and commercial bakery, they continue to serve its iconic Coyote chicken sandwich, house-made desserts, and brick-oven pizza on the street and for takeout.

  • Nunu’s Mediterranean Café

Lebanese cuisine on the prairie predates Oklahoma statehood. This restaurant is a concentration of that heritage, along with some new tricks. The patio is the perfect place for a bottle of Lebanese wine and tenderloin kebab.

Do you like to dine at home? Their menu works for takeout and delivery as well, such as cabbage rolls made with vegetarian or spiced beef, hummus, and hashwa rice studded with fixings.

  • The Hutch on Avondale

This place was once known as the Coach House—used to be the local standard-bearer for fine dining and culinary excellence. You can order their strawberry shortcake along with the vanilla ice cream or the brownie Sunday.

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More Things to Do in the Area

A weekend getaway in OKC can be as quaint or as social as you’d wish in the state’s six diverse regions. Here are some of the things you can do in the area.

  • Romantic cabin escape in Watson

Did you know that Oklahoma is a to place for romantic getaways, particularly the type where you can just snuggle down in a cozy cabin and hot tub in the middle of the woods?

The River’s Edge Cottages are a good example of remote cabin accommodation enclosed by 300 acres of privately preserved woods. On top of that, you can plan some romantic hikes on the trails or canoe on the lakes during the day and end your night with a warm bonfire on the fire pit.

  • Visit the Road 66 Park

Route 66 Park provides different outdoor activities that your entire family will surely enjoy, particularly the small ones. The 148a-acre park boasts a playground where children can play and climb, or they can go skateboarding or rollerblade.

You can also find three ponds together with wetland causeways, informative signage, and bridges, including a mile-long walking trail. There is also a picnic shelter and amphitheater inside the park, not to mention the admission is 100% free. How cool is that?

  • Take a walk at the Bricktown Canal

You can enjoy this destination by walking the pathway and appreciating the majestic sights. The canal is famous with residents and visitors alike thanks to its stunning murals along the path.

In summer, the shade cools down the entire water in the canal, while during the holiday season, the entire place becomes alive due to the glittering Christmas lights.

  • Hike in the Martin Park Nature Center

This park is composed of a 140-acre nature park that incorporates recreation, wildlife, and education. It boasts an engaging nature center that puts emphasis on the state’s flora and fauna to create nature education opportunities for residents and travelers.

You can also watch some birds from an observation wall and check the different wildlife on the trail, like cottontail rabbits, foxes, beavers, squirrels, and deer, among other creatures.

What’s more, you can enjoy a quick snack or a hearty meal at the picnic area while animals and birds pass you by.

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1. What parking options are available at OKC Zoo Lights?

Adequate parking facilities are available at the Oklahoma City Zoo. We advise patrons to arrive early to secure convenient parking, particularly during weekends and peak attendance days.

2. Is smoking permitted within the festival area?

Smoking is expressly prohibited within the festival’s boundaries. Designated smoking zones are available on the premises and are clearly marked for your convenience.

3. Can pets accompany guests during the festival?

Pets are not permitted within the festival area for the safety and well-being of all attendees. Exceptions are made for certified service animals with proper identification.

4. Are advance tickets required for entry?

Advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended to guarantee entry, particularly during peak festival times. Tickets can be acquired online or at the festival’s entrance based on availability.

5. Is OKC Zoo Lights accessible for guests using wheelchairs?

Yes, the OKC Zoo Lights Festival is designed to be wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking spaces are also available in proximity to the entrance.

6. What food and beverage options are offered?

Various food and drink stalls are strategically located within the festival grounds, offering an assortment of culinary choices, from quick bites to substantial meals.

7. Can visitors take photographs or record videos?

Photography for personal use is permitted and even encouraged. For any commercial photography or videography, prior authorization from festival management is required.

8. What is the expected duration of a visit to OKC Zoo Lights?

The average visit to OKC Zoo Lights takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. However, guests are welcome to stay and enjoy the festival for as long as they wish within the stipulated operating hours.



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