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Experience Dallas Zoo Lights 2022 With These Tips

Tips to Have a Great Experience at Dallas Zoo Lights 2022

Do you have a favorite season?

My favorite season is a close call between fall and winter.

I love wearing hoodies and cold days with bright sunshine. I also love the magic of the end of the year with all the holidays and lights.

If you like lights like me, you might love this idea for an activity to get outside.

Our youngest turned 5 this month (🥹 I'm not crying, you're crying). And he loves the zoo.

He'd been asking to go for a while, but every time we tried to make plans something came up or someone was sick, because germs have been making frequent visits from school to our house! Hope you and your loved ones are doing well, by the way.

So, on his actual birthday and on a school night 😱 I got tickets for the Dallas Zoo for their lights event .

I was skeptical at first, but it was SO worth the late night.

Children walking across bridge with pink, purple, and white lights strung above them
Entering Zoo North on the Flamingo Bridge

It was our first time to visit for the lights experience.

If you don't like zoos, you may not think this is worth the time or money. But if you do like zoos and you like holiday lights, this is a fun night that only takes about 1-2 hours of your time (not including traffic).

We're not affiliates or sponsored or anything. I just like to support the Dallas Zoo because of the awesome people whom I've had the pleasure of working with, so I picked this event rather than the other holiday lights attractions in DFW .

Here are some details that may help you plan a trip.


Open select nights from Nov until Jan 1. Gates open at 5:30pm and close at 10:00pm.

You choose your entrance time from these choices: 5:30pm, 6:30pm, or 7:30pm.

Check the Dallas Zoo Lights Event Calendar to see exact dates and times available.