Electric Safari

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.

2017 DATES – open 20 nights!

Nightly, December 8 – 10
Nightly, December 15 – 23
Nightly, December 25 – January 1, 2018

(*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.)
(Includes map, animal shows and activities.)


He’s here nightly through December 23 – see Activities below for details.

Adults ages 21+ come celebrate holiday lights and cheer during Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s NEW adults-only event, Electric Moonlight! We’re combining our festive holiday lights, music and warming fires with unlimited indoor samplings of beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks all while tasting delicious eats from area restaurants – just like at our popular summer event, Moonlight on the Mountain! Learn more and purchase tickets!


Please note: The Zoo will close early for day visits at 3 p.m. on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, with the last ticket of the day sold at 2 p.m. Guests must exit the Zoo at 3 p.m. Last Sky Ride is at 2:30 p.m. The Shrine is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and the Shrine Road closes at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The Zoo will open for Electric Safari at 5:30 p.m. on dates indicated above. (Electric Safari is CLOSED on Christmas Eve.)


Tickets & Cost

Zoo Only (no Sky Ride):

Adult $9.75
Senior $8.75 (65 and over)
Child $6.75 (Ages 3 to 11)
75¢ for ages 2 and under

Combo Tickets (including Sky Ride):

Adult Combo $13.75
Senior Combo $12.75
Child Combo $9.75 (Ages 3 to 11)
75¢ for ages 2 and under

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. Be in line for the Sky Ride no later than 7:30 p.m.

Military Personnel

*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

Military receive $5.75 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. This discount cannot be combined with other offers. A valid military ID is required upon purchase.

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.



  • Interactive activities in The Loft. Santa is in the Safari Lodge through Dec. 23.
  • Special Animal Encounters, Shows and Keeper Talks nightly, see detailed schedule below.
  • Other open attractions include Sky Ride (see Tickets & Cost) and Carousel ($2). Be in line for the Sky Ride no later than 7:30 p.m.
  • Download the Sample the ELECTRIC SAFARI PROGRAM 2016 PDF (Includes map, animal shows and activities.)
  • Select animal exhibits are open during the event, including the giraffe barn, Encounter Africa, 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 above.


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 December 8 – 10 & 15 – 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.


Animal Encounters, Animal Shows & Keeper Talks will be posted in November 2017!




CMZoo Members

Our Members receive FREE, unlimited visits to Electric Safari!


You will not be able to purchase or renew a membership at Electric Safariplease join or renew online and print out a copy of your order and bring with you to check in as a current member.

Be sure to have your membership card and photo ID for check-in.

*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.



Custom Parties 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, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s exclusive caterer, at 719-314-0970 or catering@cmzoo.org.



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


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

Visit Children's Hospital Colorado's Website
Visit Navy Colorado Springs Utilities' Website
Visit Colorado Spring's Liberty Toyota's Website