Press Release: 11/18/2016

Oakland Zoo’s ZooLights Illuminates Night Sky for Holiday Season Starting Dec. 2

Erin Harrison

Oakland, CA – November 18, 2016…Oakland Zoo is set to turn on a holiday tradition known as ZooLights, a festival of lights, on Friday, December 2. This holiday tradition, a nightly event, runs 5:30pm – 9:00pm from December 2 through January 1, 2017 (CLOSED on December 24 and 25). The 2016 ZooLights display features designs by Impact Lighting and music powered by 96.5 KOIT, 95.7 The Game, Q102.1, 98.5 KFOX, and 102.9 KBLX.

Colorfully lit animal-themed structures are situated throughout Oakland Zoo for families to enjoy. The main attraction each evening is a Light Show with a mash-up of memorable movie lines and music, unforgettable Christmas characters, and seasonal tunes. Starlit pathways lead guests through a candy cane lane themed Adventure Landing, featuring the Outback Express Adventure Train - a decked out train ride sure to inspire a jolly time on a dark winter night. Plus, Santa and local Bay Area performance groups make appearances on select nights, check Oakland Zoo’s web page for specific dates and details.

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.

Oakland Zoo would like to thank the following sponsors of ZooLights: 96.5 KOIT, 95.7 THE GAME, Q102.1, 98.5 KFOX, 102.9 KBLX, KPIX 5, The CW, Ghirardelli Factory Outlet in San Leandro, and Impact Lighting.

Event runs December 2, 2016 – January 1, 2017
ZooLights is closed December 24, & 25
ZooLights Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Admission Prices:
Adult: $8.00
Child: $7.00
Parking: FREE
Oakland Zoo Members receive a $1 discount.


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 the humane treatment of animals and wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide; with 25˘ from each ticket donated to support conservation partners and programs around the world. The California Trail, a transformational project that more than doubles our size, opens in 2018, and will further our commitment to animal care, education, and conservation with a focus on this state's remarkable native wildlife. 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.