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Tanganyika Wildlife Park’s Second Annual Safari of Lights

If you’re looking for a festive and family-friendly activity to get you into the holiday spirit, look no further than Tanganyika Wildlife Park’s Safari of Lights! This unique drive-thru light show features over a million lights and is sure to delight kids of all ages. Best of all, proceeds from the event go towards providing care for the animals at the park over the winter. Here’s everything you need to know about this can’t-miss event:


Event Information

When: November 25 – January 1

Where: Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Price: $20-$25 per vehicle

What to Expect: An animal-themed drive-thru holiday light show, hot cocoa and popcorn for purchase, and everlasting memories!


Safari of Lights is at the top of the list for Christmas events in Wichita this year. It takes place from November 25th through January 1st, and is open nightly beginning at 6pm at $20 per car from Sunday to Thursday and $25 on Friday and Saturday. You’ll wind your way through the park, taking in all the amazing displays from the comfort and warmth of your own car. And since Tanganyika is a wildlife park, you can expect to see some pretty creative and festive displays featuring animals like lions, giraffes, and monkeys!

If you get chilly or snacky during your visit, have no fear! We offer hot cocoa and popcorn for purchase at the entrance for you to share among your family (or keep all to yourself).




When and where will this take place?

If you are wondering where to see spectacular Christmas lights in Wichita, Kansas this year, we’ve got you covered.

Beginning November 25th and lasting until January 1st, you will have the opportunity to see the light spectacular for yourself from 6-9pm with extended hours on Friday and Saturday nights right here at Tanganyika!

*We will not be open on Christmas or Christmas Eve to allow our employees time with their families.

Located right outside of Wichita, this is the perfect place to not only light up the night with an overwhelming amount of well-lit animal displays but a great place to see the stars if you have a sunroof. The quiet, safe neighborhood makes for the perfect spot to bring your family Christmas light tradition.

*Entry will be through our service entrance on 183rd St. You will only be able to enter using the Southbound lane coming from Maple St. therefore, we recommend those using Kellogg to go north on 167th St. to Maple and then continue West.

Please see our entrance map:


Why Visit Safari of Lights?



Tired of wrapping, gifting, and watching your family open toys that will be forgotten about within a month? By gifting your family a trip to Safari of Lights, they’re putting down the ipads and creating everlasting memories – as a family. With the option to purchase popcorn and hot chocolate at the entrance, the only reason your kids will want to use their phones will be to take photos of the well-known tunnel of lights.


As a kid, you drove around looking at Christmas lights with your family. You might even remember back when seatbelts weren’t mandatory and you could climb over your siblings in the car to see out their window too. Why not keep the tradition going (with seat belts, of course) – and bring it to Tanganyika for the longest light show in town?! With nearly an entire mile of illumination, our show will certainly need to be on your list for this year.


Whether it be your first date or your 45th wedding anniversary date, Safari of Lights will not disappoint. Ladies, we know you would much rather slip into your warmest sweatpants and sip hot cocoa in the warmth of your car than spend several hours at a cold outdoor sports game where you need hand warmers in your pockets because you forgot to bring gloves. We know you want to gaze at the beautiful colors of the dazzling lights with your partner more than – well, a lot of things this winter!


Yup, you read that right! Because Safari of Lights is a drive-thru light show, we are encouraging you to bring your furry babies to see the excitement! As part of the family, they deserve to join the holiday festivities too, right? Just remember to keep them inside the car after arriving because we aren’t sure we have much more room for an extra poodle or two.


Do you want to do something to give back this winter? All funds from this month-long event will go towards caring for the animals throughout the winter, so why not enjoy Christmas lights this year while helping a good cause? Caring for animals during the winter when the park is closed is our biggest financial challenge each year. Our annual cost to provide for our hundreds of animals is nearly $600,000, without a penny coming from government funding. That means every car that enters Safari of Lights this year provides about a week’s worth of food (without labor) for one clouded leopard.


All-in-all, Safari of Lights is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit while supporting a good cause this year. Grab your spouse, kids, grandkids, and doggos, and get the heck into the park this winter for an unforgettable holiday season!

If you would like to reserve an entire night of this event for your party or corporate event, send us an email at or call us at (316) 794-8954.

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