ZooLights

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.


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 (see calendar of nightly events). 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. ZooLights is a family oriented evening, filled with traditional holiday activities, designed to help one make merry memories of the winter season.

ZooLights Daily Details:

  • December 2, 2016 - January 1, 2017 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 only, see calendar of events)
  • Check out the calendar of nightly events

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 5 and December 12
  • Parking: Free

Tickets available at the door or online. (Members: to receive your $1 off discount you must purchase your tickets at the zoo.)


Buy ZooLights tickets online here!