Vote for Electric Safari for BEST ZOO LIGHTS

Once again we’ve been nominated in USAToday’s 10Best Readers’ Choice contest for Best Zoo Lights in North America! Last year, we placed third, and we’re grateful for your continued support.
Vote daily through Monday, Dec. 6 at 9:59 a.m. MT

This adult-only evening features
  • Local musicians set the mood, and you’ll be dancing until 8:30 p.m.
  • Indoor sampling areas featuring beer, wine, spirits, coffee and delicious eats from local restaurants (while supplies last).
  • Top off this astounding experience by gazing at the city’s lights, watching all of Colorado Springs sparkle.
  • New this year: Larger-than-life illuminated inflatable animals!

Our generous restaurant and beverage partners donate their product samples for this important Zoo fundraiser.

Highlights of Electric Moonlight

Admission Includes:

– All-inclusive food sampling from regional restaurants beginning at 5:30 p.m., while supplies last.
– Over 60 outdoor light displays and many animal exhibits.
– Complimentary souvenir sampling cup and spork.
– All-inclusive beverage sampling from regional breweries, wineries and distilleries.
– Soft drinks and coffee will be available.
– Live music throughout the Zoo.
(Last admission at 7:30 p.m.; event closes at 8:30 p.m.
Advance timed tickets are required; no walk-up tickets available.)

  • Interactive activities in The Loft.
  • Santa will be at Safari Lodge in African Rift Valley, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. for you to take your turn for a photo with the jolly elf!
  • Select animal exhibits are open during the event, including:
    African Rift Valley (giraffe barn)
    Asian Highlands
    Encounter Africa
    Rocky Mountain Wild (except grizzlies)
    Scutes Family Gallery
    Water’s Edge: Africa


    Sample beer, wine, liquor and coffee from regional companies.
    3 Hundred Days Distilling – 12 Flavors/Styles of Moonshine
    Cheers Liquor Mart – Wine
    Chuy’s Tex-Mex – House Margaritas
    D’Vine Wine Manitou Springs – Dry and Sweet Wine
    Downslope Distilling – Whiskey, Rum, Gin, Vodka & Agave Spirits
    Dry Dock Brewing Co – Drift Awhile IPA, Vanilla Porter, Apricot Blonde
    Evergood Elixirs – Heart Warmer Mulled Cranberry Lemon Wine
    Goat Patch Brewing Company – Beer
    Kangaroo Coffee – Coffee
    Lee Spirits Company – Lemonade Canned Cocktails, Peppermint Schnapps
    Nano 1087 Brewing Company – Beer
    Parry’s Sliceria & Taps – Margaritas, Beer
    Rock Bottom – Beer
    Smiling Toad Brewery – Beer
    Tucanos Brazilian Grill – Brazilian Lemonade


    Savor food from some of your local favorites.
    Chuy’s Tex-Mex – Chips and Salsa
    Icing on the Cake – Cake Sampling
    Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub and Restaurant – Irish Lamb Stew
    Sasquatch Cookies – Cookies
    Scratch Mobile Kitchen – Pork Belly Bite Sized Sandwich
    Stellina Pizza Cafe – House-made Pasta, Vegetarian options
    Taste Catering – Short Rib Rago with Gouda Grits, Mushroom Marmalade, Crispy Shallot and Eggplant Stuffed Mushrooms, Baba Ghanoush, Crimini, Red Pepper Coulis
    Texas T Bone & Famous Dave’s – Smoked Pork Sliders
    The Cheese Haus – Cubed Cheese, Summer Sausages
    The Sugarplum Cake Shoppe – Mini Cupcakes
    Tucanos Brazilian Grill – Sugar Glazed Pineapple, Garlic Beef, Beef Brisket


    Encounter regional bands for your listening pleasure!
    Balanced Rock
    Ryan Flores
    Tenderfoot Bluegrass

FAQs & Details

– Electric Moonlight will take place, rain, snow or shine.
– All food/drink/music stations are indoors, guests will want to bundle up to walk from area to area and enjoy the holiday lights.
– No refunds available after two weeks before the event for any reason.
– Dress for a fun night of food, drinks and dancing, but remember you will be walking up and down hills at the Zoo!
– Please remember to print or screenshot your e-ticket for admission to Electric Moonlight.
– ID showing age 21+ is required for admission (NO EXCEPTIONS).
– Please drink responsibly and plan for a designated driver.
– Please carpool – it’s good for the environment.

*75¢ of each ticket is allocated to Quarters for Conservation (Q4C), an exciting initiative to greatly enhance our wildlife conservation work. Through the collection of quarters, we provide funding for new and existing wildlife conservation projects, opportunities to engage our staff and community in the effort, and significantly expand our contribution to wildlife conservation in our region and around the globe.

Vendors & Sponsors

To be a sponsor for this event, please contact Jenny Koch at 719-424-7814, or [email protected]
To be a vendor at this event, please contact 719-424-7847, or [email protected]
Want to book this gig? contact 719-424-7847, or [email protected]

All event proceeds benefit the care of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s animals, and all food and drink samples are donated by the event vendors.