Audubon Zoo will debut a holiday lights attraction in November

Audubon Zoo will launch a new holiday attraction to transform the destination into a “wild, glowing wonderland.” Audubon Zoo Lights will bring the holiday spirit with a family-friendly lights display this November.

Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

Audubon Zoo Lights will feature animal-themed light displays, nightly live entertainment including, jazzy carols, New Orleans-style second line parades and special holiday treats. Family-friendly festivities are set to kick off on select nights between November 23 and December 30.

The signature attraction at Audubon Zoo Lights will be life-sized, silk-lighted replicas of some of the Zoo’s most popular animals, including a 19-foot-by-19-foot peacock.

Audubon Nature Institute and Children’s Hospital announced plans to team up for the event, according to a press release. Part of the partnership with Children’s Hospital includes a space where guests can drop by craft tents and create special messages that will be delivered to the hospital’s patients or peruse the wares of local artisans in the Holiday Marketplace.

Audubon Zoo Lights
Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

“Audubon Zoo Lights presented by Children’s Hospital offers an extraordinary way to connect young minds to the wonders of nature in one of our community’s most beloved destinations: Audubon Zoo, and during such a magical time of the year,’’Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman said.

As part of its sponsorship, IberiaBank will be giving 2,500 complimentary tickets to students at “underserved” schools in New Orleans and their families, according to the release.

Audubon will collect holiday string lights for recycling at the Zoo front gate between November 23 and December 30. This conservation project will support Audubon’s “Lights for Lions” campaign to help save lions in the wild. “Lights for Lions” is an impactful way to connect our guests in New Orleans to a worthwhile conservation project. Audubon will make sure all string lights are responsibly recycled, while community members enjoy their holidays knowing that they helped save animals in the wild.

Audubon Zoo Lights will open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 9:30 p.m. nightly. Admission is only $10 for Audubon members and $15 for non-members.

Tickets will be on sale soon and can be purchased on Audubon’s website or at the Zoo front gate. For more information, visit

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