December 7-23, 26-31, 2018 | January 1-6, 2019


5:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Adults: $10.00
Children (2-14) and Seniors (65-75): $9.00
Children under 2 and Adults 76+: FREE
Members: $1.00 off regular ticket prices


Experience the zoo in a new light! Soar over the Oakland hills in our festively-lit gondolas and see the entire Bay Area like never before! We’ve added cool new laser light shows and much more to our hundreds of thousands of holiday lights and structures brightening Oakland's night sky. Other highlights include a candy cane lane-themed Adventure Landing with rides your kids will love, an adventure on the Outback Express train, rocking around the Christmas trees and a music-themed light show that's sure to blow out any bah-hum-bugs! Don’t forget to warm up with some hot cocoa and homemade s’mores, available at Flamingo Plaza at the Zoo’s main entrance.


Visit Santa Claus at ZooLights! Santa will be here from 6-9pm on select nights.  Dates coming soon!


Please park in the Upper Parking Lot and proceed to the Main Entrance.


The Lower Entrance will be closed during ZooLights hours.


Registration is not required.


FREE MEMBER NIGHTS: Dates coming soon!


ZooLights & Gondola will be open 7 days a week*, depending on weather conditions.


Oakland Zoo animal residents will be in their night houses and not visible to the public.


*ZooLights will be closed on December 24th and 25th so that staff may spend the holiday with their families.


Watch last years 2017 ZooLights commercial:


Thank you to our ZooLights sponsors Taiwan Tourism Bureau and Stanford Children's Health.




P.O. Box 5238

9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605