Press Release: 11/26/2012

A Twinkling Tradition: ZooLights at Oakland Zoo

Contact:
Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 x130
nmora@oaklandzoo.org

Oakland, CA November 20, 2012

Due to rain Oakland Zoo will officially turn on holiday cheer on Monday, December 3 at 5:30pm. Now through December 31, 2012, hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights will illuminate the night sky to create a twinkling tradition known to be the largest LED holiday light display in the Bay Area. 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. St. Nick will be onsite for photo keepsakes, belly laughs, and to hear the wee ones' wish lists. Please note: General Zoo admission does not include ZooLights. ZooLights is an evening fundraiser for the animals and requires additional admission. See ZooLights admission prices listed below.

The annual Oakland Zoo tradition includes a festive holiday lightshow that will knock your Christmas socks off. Presented by Impact Lighting and 99.7 Now, the familiar sounds of the season are sure to entertain even the Scrooge at heart. On Sunday, December 9 beginning at 5:30pm - 7:00pm, 99.7 Now's Morning Show hosts, Fernando and Greg, will be onsite with their witty holiday humor, spreading good cheer among the evening’s ZooLights festivities.

Each night, guests can also experience the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children's Zoo after dark. It's a warm holiday treat to see after hour's activities of animals in the Bug House and Reptile Room. 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! New this year, ease the chill of the evening with a cup of Ghirardelli hot cocoa and a signature chocolate. Besides being sweet, ZooLights is a family oriented evening, filled with traditional activities, designed to help one make merry memories of the winter season.

ZooLights Dates:
Now – December 31, 2012
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: $8.00
Child: $6.00
Oakland Zoo Members receive a $1 discount.
Please note: General Zoo admission does not include ZooLights. ZooLights is an evening fundraiser for the animals and requires additional admission.

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. 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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