The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s holiday light experience, OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS presented by Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E), recently earned the honor of being nominated for USA Today 10Best 2023 Readers’ Choice Travel Awards for Best Zoo Lights and we are counting on you to help us win! OKC Zoo fans near and far are encouraged to show their support and vote daily for the Zoo’s award nomination through Wednesday, November 29. Vote by vote, we can move the OKC Zoo to the top of the leaderboard and outshine the competition as America’s Best Zoo Lights! Cast your votes for the OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS here:


Vote for OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS as Best Zoo Lights


“We couldn’t be prouder to be nominated for this 10Best Travel award,” said Dwight Lawson, OKC Zoo’s executive director/CEO. “The team at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Tianyu Culture have worked tirelessly to create a new holiday light experience every year that celebrates the season as well as the wildlife in our care.” 

“Safari Lights is a must-see attraction and a great example of how the Oklahoma City Zoo creates so many great memories for families in our community,” said Lindsay Laird, OG&E manager of community outreach and engagement. “OG&E is honored to partner with the OKC Zoo to provide a festive holiday experience for our community to enjoy.”

Supporting OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS sponsors include Devon, MidFirst Bank and Magic 104.1.

Participants can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Readers’ Choice Travel Award voting ends Wednesday, November 29, 2023 and the winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, December 8. 

This winter sees the return of OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS, a festive celebration of all new lights. Guests will see larger-than-life illuminated lanterns showcasing seasonal scenes and wildlife as they experience a drive-thru and walking tour. The fun begins November 11 and runs nightly through New Year’s Day, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Online reservations are required and can be made at Tickets are $70/vehicle ($60 for ZOOfriends) and include up to 4 walk-thru admission tickets. Walk-thru only tickets are $16/guest ($14 for ZOOfriends) ages 3 and older.  

OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS is produced by the Oklahoma City Zoo and Tianyu Culture.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the last entry no later than 4 p.m. The Zoo’s winter hours begin Tuesday, December 5 and continue through Wednesday, February 7 and the Zoo will be closed during the day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with no public access to the park. The Zoo will continue to be open to the public Thursdays through Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the last entry no later than 4 p.m. OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS will remain open nightly from 5:30 to 11 p.m. with the last entry no later than 10 p.m. through Monday, January 1, 2024 including holidays.

Purchase advance tickets for general admission at 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.

Stay connected with the Zoo on FacebookXInstagramThreadsLinktree and TikTok, and by visiting our blog stories. Take a wild approach with your gift-giving this holiday season and consider ZOOfriends Memberships for those on your list. Memberships provide general admission to the OKC Zoo for a year and exclusive offers. Passports start at $60 for one guest and up to a Passport for 10 for $299. From November 6 until January 1, 2024, those who buy a new membership will receive a coupon good for one plush animal, regularly priced at $24.99, for FREE from the Zoo’s Safari Gift shop! View all Passport options and purchase online at