WildLights returns to the Living Desert Nov. 23 – Dec. 24


The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens will once again light up for the Holiday Season as WildLights kicks off its 26th year on Friday, November 23 through Christmas Eve.

The popular Palm Desert event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on November 23,24 and 30. WildLights will be run in December on the 1st, 7-8, 14-15, and the 19th through Christmas Eve, December 24.

The event includes a ton of Holiday lights to enjoy, including the always popular tunnel of lights synchronized to holiday music.

Related: Here’s what’s happening in and around Greater Palm Springs in December.


The Polar Express train is expanded for 2018 and will take guests on a ride through a snowy, sparkling wonderland. Guests can check out new pathways and light displays throughout the African section of the park and meet many of the Zoo’s African animals including cheetah, zebra, and giraffe. There will also be nightly animal encounters and keeper chats.

WildLights will offer food and beverages each night including s’mores station and live entertainment, Christmas caroling, and Santa Claus will also be there.

For some reason, we were partial to this display

“The holidays are a festive time of year at The Living Desert as we transform the zoo and gardens into a special winter wonderland for all of our guests,” said Allen Monroe, President/CEO of The Living Desert. “In addition to making wonderful family memories, guests will know that they have helped The Living Desert with our mission to save endangered species.”

The lighting of the WildLights Christmas tree

Last admission is 8:30 pm nightly. Admission to WildLights is $12 for non-members; $10 for members, military (with ID) and children (ages 3-12). Children under age 3 are free. Some attractions and features require additional fees.

You can get more info here.