Electric Safari Voted Third Best Zoo Lights in U.S. by USA TODAY’S 10Best

December 13, 2019

Annual holiday lights celebration continues through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020

USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice today announced that Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Electric Safari won third place in the national Best Zoo Lights category. This is the highest ranking the event has ever received, and this is fourth year running that Electric Safari has ranked in the top ten.

The award-winning annual holiday lights celebration continues through Wednesday, Jan. 1 (except Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24), featuring 85 one-of-a-kind light sculptures, 50 acres of twinkling lights, animal demonstrations and interactive activities, plus a breathtaking nighttime view of Colorado Springs from Cheyenne Mountain. Animal keeper talks, enrichment activities and demonstrations occur every night.

In addition to scheduled animal demonstrations, Electric Safari offers paid feeding opportunities with our famous giraffe herd and our budgie flock, and visits to the African lion exhibit, elephant barn, Rocky Mountain Wild (except grizzly bears and wolves), Asian Highlands, Monkey Pavilion, Scutes Family Gallery and Australia Walkabout.

Grizzly Grill, Elson’s Place and Pizza with a View will be open each night to serve food and beverages. Fire pits and outdoor heaters throughout the Zoo add to the unique experience and help keep visitors warm in between the indoor animal exhibits.

Members and their accompanying paying guests get early admission at 4:30 p.m. General admission is open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the final admission at 7:30 p.m. Attendance is free for Zoo members. The general public can save $2 per ticket by purchasing them online no later than 3 p.m. the day they plan to attend. Tickets are available at cmzoo.org/electric.

Attendees will enjoy more than 50 acres of lit trees, structures and animated sculptures installed by the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo grounds and maintenance teams over four months of Electric Safari preparation.

If all of those animal interactions and beautiful lights don’t un-Scrooge even the Grinchiest of holiday grumps, a cup of hot cocoa and a visit with Santa ought to do the trick. Kris Kringle will be in Safari Lodge through Monday, Dec. 23 to hear holiday wishes, collect lists and pose for free photos. The carousel and historic Mountaineer Sky Ride will be open (weather permitting) to provide incredible once-a-year views of the nighttime glow of Colorado Springs as a backdrop from the mountainside of twinkling lights.

Electric Safari Fast Facts

Dates: Every night through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2019*

(*Electric Safari is not open on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.)

Visit Santa through Monday, Dec. 23

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. nightly (last admission at 7:30 p.m.)

Early admission at 4:30 p.m. for Zoo members and their paying accompanying guests

Cost: Free for Zoo Members | No Tickets Necessary | Show Membership ID at the Gate

Online Non-Member Prices

Adult (ages 12-64): $12.75

Child (ages 3-11): $8.75

Military adult: $9.75

Military child: $5.75

Senior (65+): $10.75

Ages 2 and under: 75¢

Gate Non-Member Prices

Adult (ages 12-64): $14.75

Child (ages 3-11): $10.75

Military adult $11.75

Military child: $7.75

Senior (65+): $12.75

Ages 2 and under: 75¢

Electric Safari is sponsored by Children’s Hospital Colorado, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, and your Colorado Springs Toyota dealers. For more information, visit: cmzoo.org/electric.

About Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society was founded in 1926. Today, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, America’s mountain Zoo, offers comprehensive education programs, exciting conservation efforts and truly fantastic animal experiences. In 2019, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was voted #6 Best Zoo in North America and CMZoo’s Rocky Mountain Wild was named #5 Best Zoo Exhibit in North America by USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. It is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s goal to help guests fall in love with animals and nature, and take action to protect them. Of the 233 zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of just ten operating without tax support. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo depends on admissions, membership dues, special event attendance and donations for funding.