Press Release: 11/04/2014

Oakland Zoo Turns on Holiday Lights for Annual Event, ZooLights

Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 ext. 130

Oakland, CA, December 5, 2014…Oakland Zoo is set to plug in ZooLights, a festival of holiday lights, on Friday, December 5. The family-friendly event runs from 5:30pm – 9:00pm beginning December 5 through January 4, 2015; however, ZooLights will be closed on December 13, 24, and 25. Hundreds of thousands of sparkling LED lights illuminate the Zoo and night sky to celebrate a holiday tradition in Oakland known as ZooLights. This year’s light display will feature designs by Impact Lighting and music powered by KMVQ, 99.7 Now. Friday, December 5, at 5:30pm, 99.7 Now’s Letty B will be onsite to celebrate the official opening of ZooLights at Oakland Zoo.

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, please check Oakland Zoo’s web calendar for specific dates. 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. For additional details about ZooLights, visit our website.

Event runs December 5, 2014 – January 4, 2015
ZooLights is closed December 13, 24, & 25

ZooLights Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Admission Prices:
Adult: $8.00
Child: $7.00
Oakland Zoo Members receive a $1 discount
Parking: FREE


The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.