In support of Audubon Nature Institute’s conservation efforts we are not printing maps for the Audubon Zoo Lights event. Maps are available online and on signage at the Zoo.

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The Sights

Take the self-guided walking tour and hit the highlights of this festive holiday event:

  • Candy Cane Circle
    Welcoming lights illuminate the Elephant Fountain full circle.
  • Safari Streetcar
    Take a selfie next to the Safari Streetcar and tag @wwltv. Only in New Orleans!
  • Wildlife Wonderland
    Enchanting sights glowing with beautiful animal-themed silk light displays.
  • Peacock Promenade
    Breathtaking lights hang from trees.
  • Peppermint Path
    A charming holiday walk filled with candy cane lights and gum drop trees.
  • HUMBUGapalooza
    Look for the insect-themed light displays on rooftops and around corners.

  • Lights for Lions
    Recycle your holiday string lights and help save lions in the wild. The drop box is located in front of the Zoo.
  • Polar Pics
    Take your holiday photos in a winter wildland setting. Photos are available for a fee. Prices vary by package.
  • Fireside Tales
    Drop in for a children’s story read by a local author.
  • Animal Carousel
    The Endangered Species Carousel will be accessible as a ticketed attraction.
  • North Pole Post
    Send your holiday letters to the North Pole in a giant North Pole Post mailbox.
  • Gum Drop Hop
    Jump and hop on the lights, and watch the colors change.
  • Jingle Bells Stage
    Live entertainment every night presented by IBERIABANK.
  • Light Brights
    Giant Light Brights let you create your own light display.
  • Elves Workshop
    Create special messages for Children’s Hospital patients or write a letter to Santa and mail it in the North Pole Post!.

Festive Foods

Feed the family or find a quick snack with a variety of options for both kids and adults:

  • Flamingo Café
    Grab and go foods with outdoor seating.
  • Carousel Café
    Grab and go foods located next to the Carousel.
  • Zoofari Café
    Inside dining with an outdoor patio.
  • Häagen-Dazs
    Holiday treats with patio seating.
  • Holly Jolly Java
    Specialty coffee provided by Petite Rouge Coffee Truck.
  • Sleigh Bell Snacks
    Food court featuring hot dishes, kid-friendly options, desserts, and beverages.
  • Beer Garden
    Holiday brews by Abita Beer with outdoor seating next to Mistletoe Market.


Make your list, check it twice, then shop at the Zoo Lights event for everyone on your holiday list:

  • Audubon Marketplace
    Audubon Nature Institute merchandise, New Orleans and Louisiana themed items, as well as educational gifts and books. Gift wrap and shipping are available!
  • Mistletoe Market
    Look for handmade crafts from local artists and unique gift ideas like the Adopt An Animal program and gift memberships.