Electric Safari's 24th Anniversary

Lights, Animals and Holiday Spirit!

Electric Safari is open for 23 nights!


December 5 - 7 and
December 12 - December 23*
December 25 - January 1, 2015
(*Electric Safari is NOT open on Christmas Eve, December 24)


5:30 to 8:30 p.m.*
(*last admission sold at 7:30 p.m.)

Celebrate 24 years of holiday cheer during Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Electric Safari! Over one million glittering lights and 40+ animated light sculptures illuminate the Zoo and create dazzling memories for your family. 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!



  • Interactive activities will be available in The Loft.
  • Special Animal Shows and Keeper Talks nightly, see detailed schedule below.
  • Select animal exhibits are open during the event, including the giraffe barn, Encounter Africa, Aquatics, Rocky Mountain Wild, Scutes Family Gallery, Asian Highlands and Monkey Pavilion.
  • Be a Secret Santa to the Animals to receive discount admission - see details in the 'Tickets' expandable section below.

Animal Shows & Keeper Talks during Electric Safari - by day of the week

Mondays 6:30 p.m. Tiger Keeper Talk
  7:30 p.m. Hippo Enrichment
Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. Otters Keeper Talk
  7:30 p.m. Bear Grotto Enrichment
Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. Moose Keeper Talk
  7:30 p.m. African Lion Enrichment
Thursdays 6:30 p.m. Hippo Keeper Talk
  7:30 p.m. Bear Grotto Enrichment
Fridays 6:00 p.m. Tiger Enrichment
  7:00 p.m. African Lion Keeper Talk
  8:00 p.m. Hippo Enrichment
Saturdays 6:00 p.m. Moose Keeper Talk
  7:00 p.m. Bear Grotto Enrichment
  8:00 p.m. Elephant Enrichment
Sundays 6:00 p.m. Mt. Lions Enrichment
  7:00 p.m. African Lion Enrichment
  8:00 p.m. Elephant Keeper Talk

Santa Zone

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why….Santa Claus is coming to town! 

DATES: Nightly, Dec. 5 - 7 & 12 - 23

TIME: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Safari Lodge in African Rift Valley

WHAT: Get into the holiday spirit while you await your turn to meet Kris Kringle! Santa Zone features amazing lights, an opportunity to write a letter to Santa and a warming fire.


Have a Party During Electric Safari!

Party with over a million lights!

Looking for a unique venue for your company's holiday party this season? The Lodge at Moose Lake is available for private rental during Electric Safari! For details, please contact April Nance with Taste of the Wild, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s exclusive caterer, at 719-314-0970 or catering@cmzoo.org.

Have a Electric Safari Birthday Party!

Have a magical night during our holiday light event which includes a rental space and an up-close animal encounter with two live animals. Parties from 5:30-7:30 p.m. only. For details, visit Birthday Parties.



Zoo Only (no Sky Ride):

Adult $9.25
Senior $8.25 (65 and over)
Child $6.25 (Ages 3 to 11)
Children 2 and under are free.

Combo Tickets (including Sky Ride):

Adult Combo $13.25
Senior Combo $12.25
Child Combo $9.25 (Ages 3 to 11)
Children 2 and under are free.

Sky Ride for Members*:

Adult $4
Child $3 (Ages 3 to 11)
Children 2 and under are free.

*Sorry, the Sky Ride Day Pass is not applicable to this event.

Military Personnel

*Military discount is offered to all active-duty military, including National Guard and Reserves, and their immediate families, or retired military and their immediate families. A valid ID is required. Military receive $5.25 admission per person for any night of Electric Safari. Make it a Sky Ride Combo for only $4 more per adult and $3 more per child!

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.

Be a Secret Santa to the Animals!

Bring a gift on their wish list below and receive $2 off an adult admission or $1 off a child admission. Each item donated is valid for one admission discount. Not valid with other discounts. We can only accept unopened cans/containers.

  • Pistachios - unsalted (8+ oz per person)
  • Sunflower seeds - unsalted (12+ oz per person)
  • Kellogg's cereal (Cracklin Oat Bran, Raisin Bran- 1 box per person)
  • General Mills Cereal (only plain Cheerios -1 box per person)
  • Great Value Cereal (only Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran -1 box per person)
  • Mixed Nuts - unsalted (12+ oz per person)
  • Carabiners (Load bearing, non-locking - 2 per person)
  • Canned green beans (low salt, 2 cans per person)
  • Peanut butter (28 oz. jar per person)
  • No-added-sugar applesauce (28 oz. per person)
  • Solid bed sheets (2 per person)
  • Grapevine wreaths (1 per person)
  • Dried fruit (dates, figs, apricots, cherries, craisins)
  • Honey (1 jar)
  • Molasses (1 jar)
  • Pasta (bow tie, shells, macaroni, rotini, penne - 2 bags per person)
  • Perfume (1 bottles per person, can be 2 half bottles)
  • Sugar-free jelly(1 jar)
  • Canned pumpkin (2 cans per person)
  • Sugar-free drink mix (Kool Aid, Hawaiian Punch, store brands, etc.)
  • Kong toys (1 per person)
  • Sugar-free Jell-O/gelatin (4 boxes per person)
  • Canned cat food (4 cans per person)
  • Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.- 1 container per person)
  • Powdered goat's milk (1 box)

******* All food items must be new and unopened********



CMZoo Members

Our Members receive FREE, unlimited visits to Electric Safari!

Be sure to have your membership card and photo ID for check in. You will not be able to purchase or renew a membership at Electric Safari - please join or renew online and print out a copy of your order and bring with you to check in as a current member.

*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. If you have questions, you may call 719-424-7830 or email membership@cmzoo.org.



If you would like to be a sponsor of Electric Safari, please call Jenny Hillard 719-424-7814, or
e-mail jhillard@cmzoo.org.

Thank you to the following companies for their support of Electric Safari!

Visit Children's Hospital Colorado's Website Visit Macy's Website Visit US Bank's Website