Visit Oakland Zoo for our annual holiday event, ZooLights!

Hundreds of thousands of sparkling LED lights illuminate the Zoo and night sky to celebrate the festive season. This year’s light display will feature an additional music-themed light show illuminating the Zoo’s African Veldt.

ZooLights will be closed on December 24 & 25

Dozens of colorfully lit animal-themed structures are situated throughout the Zoo for families to enjoy. Santa’s sleigh will arrive from the North Pole, on select evenings, dates to be announced soon. See the annual meadow show, featuring traditional animal characters and familiar holiday beats. The Zoo will be transformed into a fun-filled explosion of light, full of glowing animal structures and string lights of holiday cheer. The light show is designed to be entertaining for young children and the young at heart. Starlit pathways lead guests through the candy cane lane-themed Adventure Landing featuring the Outback Express Adventure train, a decked out train ride that’s sure to inspire a jolly time on a dark winter night.

Guests may also ease the chill of the evening with a cup of warm cheer, such as hot cocoa or specialty coffee drinks. Back by popular demand, the cafes will serve holiday fare, ZooLights “Go Bites,” a selection of $5 walk-around snacks for the whole family to enjoy. ZooLights is a family oriented evening, filled with traditional holiday activities, designed to help one make merry memories of the winter season.

ZooLight’s Daily Details:

  • December 4 - January 3, 2016 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm (Closed December 24 & 25)
  • Oakland Zoo animal residents will be in their night houses and not visible to the public.
  • ZooLights will be open 7 days a week (except 12/24, 12/25) dependent on weather conditions.
  • Meet Santa on the Sun Bear deck and enjoy performances by local companies (select nights, tba)
  • Download a calendar of nightly events, including which nights Santa will be onsite!

Admission Prices

  • Adult: $8.00
  • Children (2-14) and Seniors (65-79): $7.00
  • Members: $1.00 off regular ticket prices
  • FREE Member Mondays: December 7 and December 14 ONLY*
  • Parking: Free

Please buy your tickets at the door. We are not selling online tickets this year. We apologize for any inconvenience

Thank You to Our ZooLights Sponsors

Impact Lighting & Production, KOIT, KPIX/CW, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, 95.7 THE GAME , Q 102.1, 98.5 KFOX, 102.9 KBLX, Scholarshare, Amtrak, By Nature Pet Foods, World’s Best Cat Litter, Metro PCS, Bayfair Center Mall, Bay Street Mall, KOFY TV

*ZooLights will be open 7 days a week (except 12/24 & 12/25) dependent on weather conditions.