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 signs posted throughout 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 surround the beloved Elephant Fountain.
  • Wildlife Wonderland
    Enchanting sights glow with beautiful animal-themed silk light displays.
  • Sea Lion Pool
    This iconic Audubon Zoo landmark connects Wildlife Wonderland and Peacock Promenade.
  • Peacock Promenade
    Breathtaking lights adorn the canopy of live oaks above the elegant Hygeia Fountain.
  • Peppermint Path
    Candy cane lights and lollipop trees line a charming holiday path through a holiday candy land.
  • HUMBUGapalooza
    Insect-themed light displays perch on rooftops and peek around corners to delight bug-lovers of all ages.
  • Safari Streetcar
    A uniquely-New Orleans photo opportunity makes the perfect spot to take a selfie and tag @WWLTV.

Activities
  • Lights for Lions
    Recycle your broken holiday string lights and help save lions in the wild. The drop box is located outside the Zoo front gate.
  • Polar Pics
    Take your holiday photos in a winter wildland setting. (Additional charges apply; prices vary by photo package.)
  • Fireside Tales
    Drop in for a children’s story read by a local author.
  • Playground
    Climb, run, and play in the Zoofari Playground.
  • Animal Carousel
    Take a spin on the famous Endangered Species Carousel (additional charge applies).
  • North Pole Post
    Send your holiday letters to Santa in a giant North Pole mailbox.
  • Elves Workshop
    Create special messages for Children’s Hospital patients or write a letter to Santa and mail it in the North Pole Post!
  • Light Brights
    Create your own light display on a Giant Light Bright board.
  • Jingle Bells Stage
    Enjoy live entertainment presented by IBERIABANK.
  • Gum Drop Hop
    Watch the colors change as you jump and hop on the light-up pads.
  • Selfie Stations
    There are so many places to take a holiday picture!
    • Audubon Zoo Main Entrance
    • Polar Pics
    • Fireside Tales
    • Elephant Fountain in Candy Cane Circle
    • Giant Oak Trees with Icicle Lights
    • Larger-than-life Peacock
    • North Pole Post Mailbox
    • Silk Light Elephant Display
    • Silk Light Bear Display
    • Safari Streetcar
    • Hygeia Fountain
    • Giant Light Bright
    • Gingerbread Man and the Snowman in Peppermint Path
    • Gumdrop Hop

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 outdoor patio areas.
  • Roman Candy
    Holiday treats with patio seating.
  • Sleigh Bell Snacks
    Food court featuring hot dishes, kid-friendly options, desserts, and beverages.
  • Holly Jolly Java
    Specialty coffee and hot cocoa provided by Petite Rouge Coffee Truck.
  • Häagen-Dazs
    Holiday treats with patio seating.
  • Abita Beer Garden
    Craft brews with outdoor seating next to Mistletoe Market.

Shopping

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, educational gifts, and books. Gift wrap and shipping are available!
  • Mistletoe Market
    Handmade crafts from local artists and unique gift ideas.