Press Release: 11/20/2013

Oakland Zoo Set to Plug in ZooLights, an Annual Holiday Festival of Lights

Contact:
Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 ext. 130
nmora@oaklandzoo.org


Oakland, CA, November 20, 2013… Final preparations are being made for Oakland Zoo’s holiday festival of lights. Friday November 29 marks the date Oakland Zoo will officially plug in the lights, sights, and sounds of the season. From November 29 through January 5, 2014, hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights will illuminate the night sky to celebrate a holiday tradition in Oakland known as ZooLights.

This year’s illuminating event includes a festive light show designed by Impact Lighting with music powered by 99.7 Now. On Friday, November 29 beginning at 5:30pm, 99.7 Now’s DJ Strawberry will be onsite to celebrate the Grand Opening of ZooLights at Oakland Zoo.

Dozens of colorfully lit animal-themed structures will be situated throughout the Zoo for families to enjoy during the evening hours. Santa’s sleigh is also set to arrive from the North Pole, please check Oakland Zoo’s web calendar for specific dates. Plus, new this year, elves have designed a special storybook maze for children to enjoy in the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children’s Zoo! Experiencing ZooLights via the starlit pathways will lead participants to jingle and mingle through the candy cane lane themed rides area and aboard the Outback Express Adventure train, for a jolly train ride in the dark.

Ease the chill of the evening with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and don’t forget to dine on the new holiday faire, ZooLights -“Go Bites,” a selection of walk-around snacks for the whole family to enjoy. Besides being sweet, ZooLights is a family oriented evening, filled with traditional activities, designed to help one make merry memories of the winter season. For more details about ZooLights, visit ZooLights.

ZOOLIGHTS DETAILS: Event runs November 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Exception: ZooLights will be closed December 24 & 25 so staff members may spend the holiday with family.

ZooLights Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Admission Prices:
Adult: (Age 15-64): $8.00
Child (Age 2-14) / Senior (Age 65-79): $7.00
Children Under 2 & adults 80+: FREE
Oakland Zoo Members receive a $1 discount.

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:

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.


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