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The Votes Are In: Holiday Nights at ZooMontana Ranks #4 on USA Today's 2023 List of 10 Best Zoo Lights

December 8, 2023

Holiday Nights Media Release

BILLINGS, MT | The votes have been tallied and it's official, Holiday Nights at ZooMontana ranked in the top 5 of USA Today's "10 Best" List of Zoo Lights in 2023! 

USA Today’s 10 Best Zoo Lights list showcases the most mesmerizing and awe-inspiring holiday light displays across the nation, nominated by an expert panel and voted on by readers, it serves as a trusted resource for travelers and locals seeking extraordinary festivities.

Officially ranking number 4 on the list, Holiday Nights at ZooMontana stands out among the nation's finest zoo-based light shows for its breathtaking light installations, engaging ambiance, and immersive entertainment. Upon entering Holiday Nights at ZooMontana, guests are transported into a magical realm and greeted by a 35’ lighted Christmas tree, cozy s’mores tents, and dazzling light sculptures. Every aspect of the experience is carefully chosen to evoke joy and wonder in visitors of all ages.

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  1. PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo
  2. Lights Before Christmas at Toledo Zoo
  3. Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  4. Holiday Nights at ZooMontana
  5. U.S. Bank Wild Lights at Saint Louis Zoo
  6. Christmas at the Zoo at Indianapolis Zoo
  7. OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS Presented by OG&E
  8. Zoo Lights at San Antonio Zoo Powered by CPS Energy
  9. Wild Lights at Detroit Zoo
  10. WildLights at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Holiday Nights’ commitment to providing a memorable experience extends beyond the stunning light displays. Guests can enjoy a variety of engaging activities including community performers, interactive stories, a holiday-themed scavenger hunt, delicious treats, comforting adult beverages, and much more. From sipping hot cocoa under the stars to taking a mesmerizing ride on the Holiday Nights’ Wagon Rides, every moment spent at Holiday Nights promises to create cherished memories.

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The recognition of being ranked #4 on USA Today's 10 Best ZooLights list is truly an honor. We are delighted to welcome visitors from near and far to experience the magic of Holiday Nights at ZooMontana. This achievement is a testament to the hard work and creativity of our dedicated team and our committed partnership with ZooMontana. Together, we are striving to provide an unforgettable holiday experience for all.
Janese Carstens, Event Director

Holiday Nights at ZooMontana continues to demonstrate its commitment to environmental sustainability by using energy-efficient LED lights throughout the event. 

Holiday Nights at ZooMontana is open this season on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays up to December 24 and open every night from December 26 to January 1. For more information on tickets, ticket packages, S’mores tent reservations, and more – please visit

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