Burning of Zozobra 2023 Tickets: Experience Santa Fe's Most Spectacular Event - Ruidoso.com
The Burning of Zozobra

The 99th Burning of Zozobra is set to ignite the night on Friday, September 1, 2023, and the eagerly awaited Zozobra 2023 tickets are now up for grabs. This highly anticipated event in Santa Fe remains a favorite among locals and visitors alike — a joyous, pocket-friendly, family affair where you can bid farewell to your worries and start anew! What’s more, the net proceeds from the event go towards supporting the children of Santa Fe through the efforts of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe, the dedicated folks behind the Burning of Zozobra.

Exciting Zozobra 2023 ticket options abound to witness the downfall of Old Man Gloom. From General Admission tickets with exclusive discounts for New Mexico residents to Z-Zone tickets offering luxurious seating and valet transportation to and from the event, the choices cater to every preference. For the ultimate experience, the “Ultimate Zozobra Experience” package is a treat, offering dinner at La Fonda on the Plaza, a special escort to the venue, the fun of tossing beachballs to the crowd, and a unique opportunity to roast marshmallows over Zozobra’s fiery embers!


Grab General Admission tickets at just $20 in advance, and children aged 10 and under get in for free! A special offer awaits: Purchase three General Admission tickets, and you’ll receive one free — but only if you buy them before Monday, July 31. This offer applies only to General Admission and not to General Admission with Express Pass.

After July 31, General Admission tickets will be priced at $25 per person online and $30 at the gate. But if you’re a New Mexico resident, you can enjoy an additional $5 discount on General Admission tickets purchased until August 15!

For those who prefer skipping the lines, the General Admission with Express Entry tickets at $25 in advance, $30 online on the day of the event, and $35 at the entry gate are just the ticket. And yes, New Mexico residents get a $5 discount on these tickets if purchased by August 15. Express General Admission ticket holders can bypass the lines through a dedicated gate, and children aged 10 and under enter free in this section too.

Zozobra 2023 tickets are selling fast — your chance to witness his fiery demise!


Premium tickets to see Zozobra burn are standing room only, and chairs are not permitted. General admission is standing room as well, but collapsible camp chairs are allowed until showtime.

Everyone needs a ticket in premium viewing areas, including kids 10 and under. Children aged 10 and under are free only in the General Admission area where they do not need a ticket. Be sure to get your Zozobra 2023 tickets early, especially for these premium areas, which are only available online.

Opt for the exclusive Ultimate Zozobra Experience to find yourself in a viewing spot practically at Zozobra’s feet. This package also includes a private dinner at La Fonda on the Plaza, a special escort to the venue, beachball throwing to delight the crowds, a goodie bag with a 2023 Zozobra hoodie, and the thrilling chance to roast marshmallows over what’s left of Zozobra. These tickets are limited and will only be available until August 31 — or until they’re sold out! The price for this experience is $299 per person.

Front and Center tickets cater to just 240 Zozobra enthusiasts, who will be positioned a mere 100 feet away from Old Man Gloom! Secure your tickets early to avoid higher prices as the event date approaches. Ticket prices start at $99.

The exclusive “Z” Zone offers the only seated viewing area with only 140 seats available. Those lucky enough to secure these tickets will enjoy valet coach service for pick-up and drop-off, comfortable seating on a raised platform with snacks, and breathtaking panoramic views. Prices for these tickets will increase as the event draws near, starting at $174.99.

The Fire Pit area caters to 275 spectators, offering them a front-row seat—just 110 feet away from Zozobra’s fiery demise. As time progresses, ticket prices will rise, starting at $79.99.

For those on the West of the Wild One side, 230 spots are available to watch from a distance of only 175 feet as Zozobra unleashes his wrath. Tickets for this zone begin at $64.99.

Meanwhile, East of the Beast welcomes 475 people with a view of Zozobra’s rage from just 145 feet away. Prices for this section start at $49.99.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable, but you can opt for ticket insurance when making your purchase.

The annual Burning of Zozobra in Santa Fe, New Mexico features a giant effigy.


If you have a gloom that needs burning, why not submit it online for a mere $1? Your gloom will be printed and tucked inside Old Man Gloom, destined to be incinerated! You can even choose to have copies of your divorce papers burned if you wish! Get more details here.


For those who’ve had the pleasure of attending the Burning of Zozobra and have intriguing stories, fun photos, or captivating video clips to share, here’s your chance! Hutton Broadcasting is collaborating with the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe to create a documentary for the 100th Burning of Zozobra. Sharing your experiences is effortless — just click here!


The spectacular Zozobra, accompanied by dazzling fireworks, awaits with the Zozobra 2023 tickets.

Will Shuster, a member of the renowned artists group “Los Cinco Pintores” that settled in New Mexico during the 1920s, is the creative genius behind Zozobra. This larger-than-life marionette first appeared in 1924 as a modest six-foot puppet, but over time, it has grown to an impressive 50-foot structure crafted from wood, wire, and cotton cloth. Hundreds of bags of shredded paper and “glooms”—representing the anxieties, worries, and woes of the past year — fill Zozobra’s interior, destined to burn in the fiery spectacle.

For 99 years, people from all walks of life, whether natives, families, or newfound friends, have converged annually at Fort Marcy Park to witness this extraordinary pageant.

Since 1964, the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe has held exclusive copyrights and trademarks to this beloved tradition, which serves as their primary fundraiser. The event is not just a celebration but also a profound community service endeavor to support children through grants made from the event’s net proceeds.

Learn more about Zozobra here.

Read about how communities in New Mexico market themselves and area events here.

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