- PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo - Cincinnati
- Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo - Toledo, Ohio
- Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - Colorado Springs
- Christmas at the Zoo at the Indianapolis Zoo - Indianapolis
- WildLights at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens - Palm Desert, California
- Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden - Columbia, South Carolina
- U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo - St. Louis
- Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo - San Diego
- Holiday Lights at California Living Museum - Bakersfield, California
- Dallas Zoo Lights - Dallas
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.
Congratulations to all these winning zoo holiday events!