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.

(Includes map, animal shows and activities.)

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.)
EXCLUSIVE early entry for Zoo members and their guests ONLY: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (see details under CMZoo Members, below)


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

Please note holiday hours: Electric Safari is CLOSED on Christmas Eve. The Zoo will close early for daytime 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 Zoo will open for Electric Safari at 5:30 p.m. on dates indicated above. The Shrine is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and the Shrine Road closes at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve


Tickets & Cost

Electric Safari tickets are available for purchase at the Zoo Admissions windows on the night you attend. All guests (including members) should check in at the Admissions windows. Tickets are not available in advance or online.

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.

Secret Santa text red letters

Be a SECRET SANTA to the animals!

Want to save $2 off an adult Electric Safari admission?

View the Electric Safari Wish List for a list of items you can bring in for the animals!

NOTE: Discount applies to Electric Safari admission only. Not valid with other discounts. One discount per donation, per person. Not valid with other discounts. We can only accept unopened cans/containers. All food items must be new and unopened.



  • 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 electronic program to your phone ELECTRIC SAFARI PROGRAM 2017 PDF (Includes map, animal shows and activities.)
  • Select animal exhibits are open during the event, including the giraffe building, elephant/rhino barn, Rocky Mountain Wild (except grizzlies), Asian Highlands, Scutes Family Gallery, Australia Walkabout 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, Shows & Keeper Talks:

6:30 p.m. — Amur Tiger Keeper Talk (Asian Highlands)
7:30 p.m. — Reptile Animal Encounter (Scutes Family Gallery)

6:30 p.m. — Otter Enrichment (Rocky Mountain Wild)
7:30 p.m. — Sloth Keeper Talk (Monkey Pavilion)

6:30 p.m. — Reptile Animal Encounter (Scutes Family Gallery)
7:30 p.m. — African Lion Enrichment (Lion Relaxation Room)

6:30 p.m. — Beaver Enrichment (Outside Lodge at Moose Lake)
7:30 p.m. — Moose Keeper Talk (Rocky Mountain Wild)

6 p.m. — Amur Tiger Enrichment (Asian Highlands)
7 p.m. — African Lion Keeper Talk (Lion Relaxation Room)
8 p.m. — Reptile Animal Encounter (Scutes Family Gallery)

6 p.m. — Moose Keeper Talk (Rocky Mountain Wild)
7 p.m. — Reptile Animal Encounter (Scutes Family Gallery)
8 p.m. — Elephant Keeper Talk (Elephant Barn)

6 p.m. — Mountain Lion Enrichment (Rocky Mountain Wild)
7 p.m. — African Lion Keeper Talk (Lion Relaxation Room)
8 p.m. — Elephant Keeper Talk (Elephant Barn)



Parking is FREE for Electric Safari, but on-site parking 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 for shuttle information and directions to the off-site parking location.


CMZoo Members

Our members receive FREE, unlimited visits to Electric Safari AND an exclusive members-only early hour of viewing!


NEW: Exclusive Electric Safari early-viewing hour for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo members.
We love our members! And as a new way to say thank you, we’re opening Electric Safari one hour early, just for members and their guests! Visit the designated Members Admission windows from 4:30-5:30 p.m. each night of Electric Safari for early access to our fabulous lights display. Be first in line when Santa starts taking visitors at 5:30 p.m.

The following will be open at 4:30 p.m., exclusively for members, in addition to all light displays and warming fires:

  • Giraffe building (with giraffe feeding), elephant/rhino barn, Rocky Mountain Wild (except grizzlies), Asian Highlands, Scutes Family Gallery, Australia Walkabout (with budgie feeding), Monkey Pavilion and The Loft.
  • Thundergod Gift Shop, Grizzly Grill and Elson’s Place.

All other attractions of Electric Safari, including Sky Ride (weather permitting), carousel and visits with Santa will begin at 5:30 p.m.

This exclusive early opening is for all those listed on your membership, plus any paid guests in your party. 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!

Please note:
You will not be able to purchase or renew a membership at Electric Safariplease 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.

Current members should show their membership card and a photo ID at the admission booth for entry.

*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.


Volunteer Information

Volunteers Needed!

Looking to volunteer this holiday season? Well look no further! Cheyenne Mountain Zoo needs volunteering hearts for Electric Safari! The time commitment is from 5:00 pm -8:30 pm with check-in at 4:45 pm. All those under 18 will need an adult who is volunteering with them.

Interested in volunteering? Please contact Frankie Medeiros at edprograms@cmzoo.org or 719-424-7827.



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