A Wildly Illuminating Lantern Festival

November 20-30, 2020 | December 1-31, 2020 | January 1-17, 2021

All Ages

5:30pm – 10:00pm

$20 adults/$18 children & seniors (2-14 & 65-75)

Members: 10% discount

Children under 2 and adults over 76: Free

Parking: Free

Advanced ticket purchase is required.

Tickets go on sale November 2!

New this winter season! Your holiday tradition continues at Oakland Zoo with GLOWFARI, a wildly illuminated nighttime lantern festival this fall/winter season!

This brand-new, family-friendly experience features hundreds of larger-than-life animal lanterns throughout the Zoo, storytelling the ongoing journey of wildlife, the importance of every species on our planet, and Oakland Zoo's commitment to conservation. Dozens of towering and even interactive, glowing lanterns of every order await to entertain and enlighten you at every turn. Take a mile-long stroll (socially distanced, of course!) through these illuminated and dazzling lanterns - from the ice-capped 15-foot tall penguin corridor to the breathtaking full-size elephants, giraffes, and lions - to the enormous, fluttering butterflies floating against the star-filled night sky. Ride our brilliantly-lit gondolas to visit California Trail - where you’re transported back in time to a dinosaur world filled with prehistoric rock stars like the T-rex, stegosaurus, pterodactyls, and more!

Your nighttime, illuminated adventure awaits!

*Advance ticket purchase is required; tickets go on sale November 2 for the entire GLOWFARI season. Adventure Landing (rides area) will be closed for Glowfari. Proceeds from Glowfari support Oakland Zoo’s operating expenses, animal care, education and conservation programs.

Please Note, Glowfari is CLOSED Thanksgiving - November 26, Christmas Eve - December 24, and Christmas Day - December 25.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to reserve Glowfari tickets?
Yes. A timed ticket reservation is required for Glowfari. Tickets go on sale November 2!

When do Glowfari tickets go on sale?
Tickets go on sale starting 9:00am November 2 for all dates of the event.

Do members get in free for Glowfari?
No. Members will receive a 10% discount for Glowfari admission. All members are required to make a timed ticket reservation for the event.

Can I use my daytime Zoo admission to come to Glowfari?
No. A separate timed ticket reservation is required for Glowfari.

Does my Zoo Groupon or Chase Private Client tickets apply to Glowfari?
No. Other than the Oakland Zoo mebership discount, there are no other discounts to this event.

Can I stay in the Zoo for Glowfari if I’ve reserved a daytime ticket for the same day?
No. Daytime guests will need to leave the zoo entirely, and a separate timed ticket reservation specifically for Glowfari will be needed to re-enter.

What nights will Glowfari be open?
Glowfari is open from Friday, November 20 to Sunday, January 17 on select days. The event will be closed on Thursday, November 26 for Thanksgiving and Thursday & Friday, December 24 and 25 for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

What are Glowfari hours?
5:30pm to 10:00pm. Last entry is between 8:00pm and 9:30pm with a timed ticket reservation.

Do I need to wear a mask at Glowfari?
Yes. All guests 3 and older are required to wears masks while on zoo grounds.

Will Santa be at Glowfari?
No. Unfortunately, Santa will no be visiting the Zoo this holiday season due to new COVID-19 safety protocols set by Alameda County Public Health Department.

Can I buy food & beverage at Glowfari?
Yes. Dinner as well as hot chocolate & snacks will be available for purchase.

Will Adventure Landing (Rides Area) be open?
No. Unfortunately, Adventure Landing will be closed due to new COVID-19 safety protocols set by Alameda County Public Health Department.

Will the Gondola be open for Glowfari?
Yes. The Gondola will be open and festively lit to take you up to see the dinosaur lanterns at California Trail. The last ride up is at 9:15pm & the last ride down is at 9:45pm.

Will live animals be visible?
No. Oakland Zoo animal residents will be in their indoor areas and not visible to the public.

Can I touch the lanterns?
No. Each sculpture is a hand painted work of art which we would like to preserve not only for the entirety of the event, but for years to come.

Is ZooLights open this year?
No. Glowfari is taking place of ZooLights this year.

What happens to my timed ticket reservation due to inclement weather or unhealthy air quality?
Hours are subject to change due to inclement weather or air quality conditions. If you have a reservation on one of the days that Glowfari closes, please contact to reschedule your visit.

Can I reschedule my tickets to Glowfari?
Tickets are non-refundable and transferable only if your visit falls on a date in which Glowfari closed due to weather or air quality.

Can I apply my Glowfari tickets towards the cost of an Oakland Zoo membership?

No. Glowfari tickets are not eligible for an upgrade to a membership.

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