Designated night designed for guests with sensory sensitivities and their families, groups to experience OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS. 


It’s the most wonderful time of the year with the return of Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s annual celebration of illuminated lanterns and festive fun, OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS. Presented by OG&E, OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS is back for another season beginning Saturday, November 12 and continuing through Sunday, January 1, 2023. New to this year’s SAFARI LIGHTS’ festivities, the OKC Zoo is hosting a Sensory-Friendly Night on Monday, November 28, from 6 to 10 p.m. with the last entry at 9 p.m. This designated night is designed to provide a more comfortable experience for guests with sensory sensitivities to enjoy OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS, its light displays and activities.

“By making these slight modifications, this special night promises to create a memorable visit for guests, families and friends to enjoy all the magic and wonder of SAFARI LIGHTS,” said Jenna Dodson, OKC Zoo’s event manager. “Our teams are always looking to improve our events and programs to be more inclusive, providing the best experience possible for all guests.”

During the Sensory-Friendly Night, guests will discover a less sensory stimulating environment with lower crowd attendance, limited flashing lights, quieter music and a specified quiet area inside the OKC Zoo’s Canopy Restaurant for anyone that needs to take a break from the event trail. Advance reservations are required for the Sensory-Family Night and capacity is limited so book now at

Discover OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS and go wild for all that sparkles and shines! Reservations are now open for OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS occurring nightly Saturday, November 12 through New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2023 with drive-thru and walk-thru experiences from 5:30 to 11 p.m. with the last check-in at 10 p.m. OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS will be open on holiday nights including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Online reservations are required for OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS and can be made at Drive-up purchases will not be accepted. Tickets are limited to ensure optimal guest experience. Admission for the drive-thru experience is $65 per vehicle ($55 for members) and includes up to 4 walk-thru admission tickets. Admission for the walk-thru only is $15 per guest ages 3 and older ($13 for members). Supporting OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS sponsors include Devon and MidFirst Bank.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the last entry at 4 p.m. The Zoo will be closed to the public during the daytime on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Tuesdays and Wednesdays between December 6 and February 8, 2023. Purchase advance Zoo admission tickets at and avoid the entry lines. Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the OKC Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Regular daytime admission is $12 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free.

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