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. ZooLights is a separate ticket purchase from daytime Zoo admission.

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. New for 2014 is the addition of a second light show along with the annual meadow show, which features traditional animal characters and familiar holiday beats. The Zoo’s African Veldt will be transformed into a prehistoric site made up of dinosaurs, volcanos, and explosions of light timed perfectly to illustrate a unique ensemble of holiday cheer in a Land of the Lost. The light shows are 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 5 - January 4, 2015 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm (Closed December 13, 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 12/13, 12/24, 12/25) dependent on weather conditions.
  • Enjoy performances by the Oakland Ballet, The De Lynn Dance Company, The Oakland Youth Chorus and more!

  • See our complete calendar of nightly events and activities.

Admission Prices (ZooLights is a separate ticket purchase and not included with general Zoo admission during the day)

  • Adult: $8.00
  • Children (2-14) and Seniors (65-79): $7.00
  • Members: $1.00 off regular ticket prices (Members get in FREE on Mondays!)
  • Parking: Free

Thank You to Our ZooLights Sponsors

Impact Lighting & Production, 99.7 NOW!, KPIX/CW, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Intel

*ZooLights will be open 7 days a week (except 12/13, 12/24, 12/25) dependent on weather conditions.

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