Lights, Animals and Holiday Spirit!

Celebrate holiday lights and cheer during Electric Safari with 85 light sculptures on over 50 acres! Warming fires throughout the Zoo offer a reprieve from the chill, as do select indoor animal exhibits that remain open during the event. Top off this astounding display by gazing out at the city’s lights and watch all of Colorado Springs sparkle.

Highlights of Electric Safari

  • Interactive activities and face-to-face experiences with animals hands-on at The Loft in Rocky Mountain Wild.
  • Santa is visiting in the Safari Lodge nightly starting at 4:30 p.m., through December 23.
  • Special animal demonstrations nightly.
  • Sky Ride – tickets are available at Admissions. Adult $4, Child $3, 2 and under FREE.
    (Be in line by 7:30 p.m., last Sky Ride leaves at 8 p.m. – weather permitting)
  • Carousel – $2 per ride (weather permitting)
  • Enjoy warming fires and hot cocoa stations (available for purchase) throughout the Zoo.

Select animal exhibits are open, including

– African Rift Valley Giraffe Building
– Elephant/Rhino Barn
– Rocky Mountain Wild (except grizzlies and wolves)
– Asian Highlands
– Scutes Family Gallery
– Australia Walkabout
– Monkey Pavilion

Restaurants open during Electric Safari

– Grizzly Grill
– Cozy Goat
– Pizza with a View
– Elson’s Place
– Rocky Mountain Barbeque Co. (open for beverages only)
– Hot cocoa available at: Thundergod Gift Shop & Dippin’ Dots in Rocky Mountain Wild

Guest Experiences

Get hands-on with Zoo animals throughout each evening.

  • The Loft – Experience the excitement of coming face-to-face with some of our smaller animals. Bring your curiosities!
  • Giraffe Feeding Experience (African Rift Valley) – A guest favorite! Hand-feed our long-necked friends in the Giraffe Barn— $3 per lettuce bundle, or $5 for two.
  • Budgies Feeding Experience (Australia Walkabout) – Hold a specially-crafted seed stick for our colorful budgies to enjoy in the Budgie Building— $1 each.

Animal demonstration schedule posted here, closer to the event.

  • Ho, ho, ho! Santa is visting Safari Lodge. Snap a photo with the big man in red while you tell him what’s on your holiday wish list!
    DATES: Nightly, December 4-6 & 11-23
    TIME: 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Safari Lodge in African Rift Valley

Tickets & Cost

Refund Policy:

Online tickets can be refunded or exchanged up to two weeks prior to purchased date. (For example, tickets purchased for use night of Dec. 20, can be refunded through Dec. 6 only.)

Military Discount for Electric Safari

**The military discount is offered to all active duty, veteran and retired military personnel any day of the year. Bring any of the following to qualify for the discount for you and your dependents living in the same household:
– A valid military / retired military ID
– A copy of your DD214
– Your state driver’s license printed with veteran indicator or military identifier
– Your ID issued by the VA, VFW or American Legion

***Seniors must bring valid ID showing their age of 65+ to validate their discounted senior tickets at the gate.

Group Tickets

Group tickets (minimum 15 people per group) are $1 off per person for Electric Safari Zoo-Only, or Combo Sky Ride regular-priced tickets.
Discounted group entry is available at the ticket window if the group arrives together and pays in a single transaction.


Zoo members attend Electric Safari for FREE! No advance tickets needed; just validate your membership at the front gate when you arrive.

Please note: – You will not be able to purchase or renew a membership at Electric Safari – Join or renew online before you attend the event, and bring a printed copy of your order receipt to check in as a current member.

Exclusive Member Early Entry Hour!

We love our members! To say thank you, we open Electric Safari one hour early, just for members and their paying guests. Just validate your membership at the designated admissions windows, and pay for your guests not included on your membership. Then enjoy your exclusive hour of Electric Safari!

*Who can attend Electric Safari for free?
Anyone who is listed on a current membership can attend Electric Safari.
– For an Individual Plus membership, the primary card holder and his/her guest is included.
– For a Family or Grandparent membership, the one or two primary adults and any children listed on the card are included.
– For Family Plus and higher, any “Plus” people are included (x1 for Family Plus, and x2 for Conservator and higher).
– Third Adults can also attend if they are listed on the membership.
– Guest passes are accepted but they must be presented at the front gate for admission.

Membership Questions: Call 719-424-7830 or email [email protected]


– Parking is FREE for Electric Safari, but on-site parking is limited and is not guaranteed.
– Due to the popularity of Electric Safari, off-site parking and a FREE shuttle will be available once the Zoo lot is full on busy nights.
– Watch for signs as you drive up the mountain that will direct you to our FREE off-site parking shuttle – if the Zoo lot is full.
– Shuttles will only run if necessary, and the off-site location is subject to change.
– Watch for the signs which will have the most up-to-the-minute information.

Custom Parties during Electric Safari

Host a party with over a million lights! Looking for a unique venue for your company’s holiday party this season?
Lodge at Moose Lake is available for private rental during Electric Safari!

Contact April Hall with Taste, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s exclusive caterer, at 719-314-0970 or [email protected]


If you are interested in sponsoring Electric Safari, please contact Jenny Koch at [email protected], or 719-424-7814.

Thank you to these companies for supporting Electric Safari!

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