Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only place in Colorado Springs where you can see over 85 one-of-a-kind light sculptures while celebrating the season with our animals at the same time! Electric Safari was voted 3rd Best Zoo Lights in the U.S. in 2019 by USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice. This year’s event will celebrate 30 years of holiday cheer, and Santa Claus himself will be listening to wishes December 4-6 and 11-23. Come celebrate the holiday season with sparkling lights, animals and fun for the whole family!

As of Saturday, Nov. 28, El Paso County is at “Safer at Home – Severe Risk” or “Level Red.” The following changes will be seen during visits to Electric Safari while under Level Red precautions:

  • Ticket capacity to the Zoo will remain limited, with advance timed tickets required.
  • The outdoor areas of the Zoo will remain open, but most buildings will be closed.
    The following animals will not be viewable, due to these closures:
    – Giraffe
    – Elephant/Rhino (viewing available through windows)
    – Wallabies (viewing available through windows)
    – Scutes Family Gallery
    – The Loft
    – Water’s Edge: Africa
    – Primate World
  • Santa will be available for photos and to hear wishes as he travels around the Zoo during evenings through Wednesday, Dec. 23. Indoor visit and photo opportunities will not be available.
  • Dining options will be limited, and available for take-out only. No indoor dining available.
  • Thundergod Gift Shop will be open at 50% capacity, per current guidelines for retail establishments. Online ordering is also available at giftshop.cmzoo.org.
  • Restrooms with direct outside access will be open.
  • Sky Ride will be operational; weather dependent. Only members of the same household are permitted per seat.
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. 7 at 10 a.m. MT

Lights, Animals and Holiday Spirit!

Celebrate holiday lights and cheer during Electric Safari with 85 light sculptures on over 50 acres! Top off this astounding display by gazing out at the city’s lights and watch all of Colorado Springs sparkle.

2020 COVID-19 Procedural Changes
    – ZOO GUESTS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS WHEN INSIDE ANY BUILDINGS (for example, restrooms and gift shop),
    due to the mandate by the state of Colorado. We also strongly encourage wearing a mask when within 6 feet of other households in outdoor areas. Check out this fun “animals vs. masks” video before your visit!
  • Advance timed tickets are required for both members and non-members. Zoo member tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. Capacity to the event will be limited, and times and nights may sell out. Most indoor spaces will be closed during the event.
  • Everyone visiting the Zoo must have their own advance e-ticket, including children age 2 and under.
  • Please be in line to enter the Zoo within 20 minutes after your ticketed time. Early arrivals or arrivals later than 20 minutes past your ticketed entry time may not be accommodated. If you arrive early for your time slot, please wait in your car until your entry time begins. Arriving during your designated arrival time will help us manage traffic flow into our parking lot and through the admission gates.
  • Early or late arrivals will not be accommodated. Arriving during your designated arrival time will help us manage traffic flow into our parking lot and through the admission gates.
  • All COVID-19 precautions will be in place for this event. Learn more at cmzoo.org/open.

  • Santa will be available for photos and to hear wishes as he travels around the Zoo during Electric Safari evenings through Wednesday, Dec. 23. Indoor visit and photo opportunities will not be available.
  • Sky Ride – tickets are available at Admissions. Adult $4, Child $3, 2 & under FREE.
    (Be in line by 7:30 p.m., last Sky Ride leaves at 8 p.m.) Weather permitting.
  • Be a SECRET SANTA to the Animals!
    View the Electric Safari Wish List for a list of items you can bring in for the animals!
    Items can be dropped off at Admissions between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. any day of the week (by 2 p.m. on holidays), and between 4:20 and 7:30 p.m. on Electric Safari nights.

Select animal exhibits are open, including

Asian Highlands
Australia Walkabout
Encounter Africa elephant/rhino barn (view from windows)
Rocky Mountain Wild (except grizzlies and wolves)
Water’s Edge: Africa (limited access)

Tickets & Cost

Refund Policy:

Purchased online tickets can be refunded or exchanged up to two weeks prior to event date. (For example, tickets purchased for the night of Dec. 20 can be refunded through Dec. 6 only.) Free member tickets can be returned anytime for another member to use. Refunds for purchased tickets are not available due to weather conditions or other reason within two weeks of ticketed date. Email [email protected] for refund requests or to return free member tickets.

Military Discount for Electric Safari

**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 validate 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


***Seniors must bring valid ID showing their age of 65+ to validate their discounted senior tickets at the gate.


Zoo members attend Electric Safari for FREE! Members are required to reserve complimentary online advance tickets.
– You won’t be able to renew your Membership during the nights of Electric Safari at the gate.
– Membership will be validated at the gate to confirm eligibility for member discount.

Exclusive Member Early Entry Hour!

We love our members! To say thank you, we open Electric Safari one hour early, just for members and their paying guests. Advance tickets are required for members and your non-member guests.

To Renew Online Now

Visit our Membership page.
Sign-in (or register if you don’t have an online account) to reserve your member ticket by using the orange SIGN-IN button at the top right of the page.


  • Are you registered online, but forgot your member login?
    Click the orange SIGN-IN button at the top right of the page and choose the ‘forgot my password’ option. Enter the email you registered with, and you will receive a link to reset the password for login. If you do not receive a reset email, you likely haven’t registered as a member. You can do that before reserving your tickets to receive your discount. You can register HERE.
  • If you cannot remember the email you registered with, please email [email protected], and we will be happy to send you that information.
  • Who qualifies for the Electric Safari member e-tickets?
    Anyone who is listed on a current membership can get fully discounted member tickets.
    — 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 adults and any children listed on the card are included.
    — For Family Plus and higher, any “Plus” people are included (x1 for Family Plus, x2 for Conservator and higher).
    — Third Adults can also get the member ticket if they are listed on the membership.
    Additional guests who are not included on the membership must purchase a non-member ticket.
    For membership questions, please call 719-424-7815 or 719-424-7830 or email [email protected].

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