Vote for Electric Safari for BEST ZOO LIGHTS

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Electric Safari has once again been nominated in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Zoo Lights in North America. Last year, we were ranked 3rd Best Zoo Lights in this friendly competition among zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We’d love your support to stay high in the rankings!

Vote daily through Monday, Dec. 5 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.
  • 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!
  • Giraffe and budgie feeding.
  • Sky Ride – Tickets available at Admissions for $3 each. Be in line by 7:30 p.m.
  • Select animal exhibits are open during the event, including:
    African Rift Valley (giraffe barn)
    Asian Highlands
    Australia Walkabout (Budgie building)
    Encounter Africa
    Rocky Mountain Wild (except grizzlies)
    Scutes Family Gallery
    Water’s Edge: Africa


    Sample beer, wine, liquor and coffee from regional companies.
    Full listings available closer to the event.


    Savor food from some of your local favorites.
    Full listings available closer to the event.


    Encounter regional bands for your listening pleasure!
    Full listings available closer to the event.

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.

Volunteers Needed!

Looking to volunteer at this year’s Electric Moonlight? Look no further! Cheyenne Mountain Zoo needs adult volunteers (age 21 and up) to help out at this year’s holiday event.

To Sign-up to be a Volunteer

Complete this Electric Moonlight Volunteer Form

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.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor:

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