All-New Attractions at Oakland Zoo’s ZooLights this Holiday Season

Oakland Zoo
November 16, 2018


All-New Attractions at Oakland Zoo’s ZooLights this Holiday Season;

Starting December 7

Twenty-four multi-color, glowing gondolas in addition to snow machines and Santa’s Workshop in a ‘Winter Wonderland’; and guests can now enjoy dinner at the hilltop Landing Café with a nighttime view of the entire SF Bay

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Oakland, CA -November 14, 2018… Oakland Zoo is set to turn on a holiday tradition known as ZooLights, a festival of lights, on Friday, December 7. Bigger and better than ever before, guests can ride the festively-lit gondolas up to the Landing Café, open for the first time during ZooLights, for dinner and other holiday fare while enjoying the spectacular Bay Area views at 650 feet above sea level. Also new is a Winter Wonderland attraction, where kids can visit with Santa in his spacious workshop and enjoy ‘snow’ falling from the night sky.

This holiday tradition, a nightly event, runs 5:30pm – 9:00pm from December 7 through January 6, (CLOSED on December 24 and 25).

Colorfully lit animal-themed structures are situated throughout the Zoo with Music in Motion, a laser-light show attraction each evening choreographed to popular holiday music.

Starlit pathways lead guests through a candy cane lane themed Adventure Landing, featuring  several rides and the glowing Outback Express Adventure Train experience.

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: Organic Ocho Candy, Stanford Children’s Health, and Welk Resorts.


Event runs December 7, 2018 – January 6, 2019

*ZooLights is closed December 24 & 25

ZooLights Hours:

Monday – Sunday:      5:30pm – 9:00pm

Admission Prices:

Adult:               $10.00

Child:               $9.00

Parking:           FREE

Oakland Zoo Members receive a $1 discount.

Contact:  Erin Harrison, (510)746-7120,



Oakland Zoo, home to more than 850+ native and exotic animals, is managed by the Conservation Society of California (CSC); a non-profit organization leading an informed and inspired community to take action for wildlife locally and globally. With over 25 conservation partners and projects worldwide, the CSC is committed to conservation-based education and saving species and their habitats in the wild. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the national organization that sets the highest standards for animal welfare for zoos and aquariums.