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, soft drinks and delicious eats from local restaurants (while supplies last).
  • Warming fires throughout offer reprieve from the chill, as do select indoor animal exhibits open during the event.
  • Activities including animal demos and guest experiences, santa and more – see below for details.
  • Top off this astounding experience by gazing at the city’s lights, watching all of Colorado Springs sparkle.

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

Highlights of Electric Moonlight


Event sampling starts at 5:30 p.m.
Last admission at 7:30 p.m.; event closes at 8:30 p.m.

Admission includes

– Indoor sampling areas, 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 are also available.
– All-inclusive food sampling from regional restaurants, while supplies last.
– Live music throughout the Zoo.
– Animal meet-and-greets, shows and keeper talks from 6 – 8 p.m.

  • 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!
  • Special Animal Shows and Keeper talks from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (see schedule)
  • Select animal exhibits are open during the event, including the African Rift Valley giraffe barn, Encounter Africa, Rocky Mountain Wild (except grizzlies and wolves), Scutes Family Gallery and Asian Highlands.


Sample beer, wine and liquor 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.
– 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).
– A cash bar will be available, in addition to unlimited sampling, while supplies last.
– 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.

Email [email protected] for more information or to sign up today!

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.