See you in November 2022!

All Ages

5:00pm – 10:00pm


$24 adults/$20 children & seniors (2-14 & 65-75)

Members: 10% discount

Children under 2 and adults over 76: Free

Parking: Free

Glowfari tickets go on sale November 1, 2022! Stay tuned for more details.

Glowfari is an unforgettable experience for all ages to enjoy! Featuring hundreds of larger-than-life glowing animal lanterns throughout the Zoo; and with all-new animals displays for 2021! Take a mile-long illuminated stroll through the Zoo and visit the desert with camels and bighorn sheep, have an African safari adventure with elephants, giraffes, and an 8-foot crocodile head, walk through the forests of Asia to meet red and giant pandas - and of course ride the gondola to the land of bugs featuring a 65-foot Queen Ant Tunnel!

Finish the evening with a ride on the Express Train through our Winter Wonderland!

This event can be considered photosensitive. Guests who are prone to seizures or have light sensitivity should be aware.

Please Note:

Enjoy some highlights from last year's event!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to reserve Glowfari tickets?

Yes. A timed ticket reservation is required for Glowfari.

When do Glowfari tickets go on sale?

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, November 1, 2022!

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.

I purchased a daytime admission ticket. Can I use it for Glowfari instead?

No. A separate timed ticket reservation is required for Glowfari.

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?

November 11-13, 16-23, 25-27, 30 (closed November 14-15, 24, 28-29)

December 1-31, except December 24 and 25 (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

January Wednesdays – Sundays: January 1, January 4-8, January 11-15, January 18-22, January 25-29

What are Glowfari hours?

5:00pm to 10:00pm. Last entry is between 8:00pm and 8:30pm with a timed ticket reservation.

Do I need to wear a mask at Glowfari?

We continue to require masks be worn by all unvaccinated individuals visiting the Zoo. This includes all children age 2-11 not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Fully vaccinated individuals may choose not to wear a mask outdoors at the Zoo. Masks will continue to be required, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor spaces. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring a healthy and safe visit for all.

Will Santa be at Glowfari?

Yes! Visit Santa in the Rides Area Fridays - Sundays in November and every night December 1-23 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.

Can I buy food & beverage at Glowfari?

Yes. Snacks and beverages (including hot chocolate) are available at The Landing Café and Tuskers Grill.

Will the Rides Area be open?

Yes. The Rides Area will be open from 5:00pm to 9:30pm. Visit Santa in our snowy, Winter Wonderland and ride the Express Train to Wild Australia. Please note: the train line closes at 9:00pm. Passengers must be in line with tickets by 9:00pm.

Will the Gondola be open for Glowfari?

Yes. The Gondola will be open and festively lit to take you up to see the giant bug lanterns at California Trail. The last ride up is at 9:00pm & the last ride down is at 9:30pm.

Is re-entry allowed?

At this time, we will not be allowing re-entry to allow for the entrance and exit to remain clear for guests entering and exiting.

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.

Can I reschedule my tickets to Glowfari?

Glowfari tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Tickets will only be refunded if Glowfari is closed due to inclement weather or other emergency situations (see Process for Glowfari closure due to inclement weather below).

What happens to my timed ticket reservation due to inclement weather or unhealthy air quality?

If the Zoo must close Glowfari for any reason, an email will be proactively sent to all guests who have purchased tickets and full refunds will be issued.

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.

Someone in my party is sensitive to light, noise, or other stimulation. Can you help us plan ahead?

Yes. Music is played throughout the Zoo, so if someone in your party is sensitive to noise, consider bringing noise-cancelling headphones. Some areas of the Zoo including the Main Entrance and Children's Zoo may be triggering for those who are sensitive to light or are prone to seizures.

Is ZooLights open this year?

No. Glowfari has taken the place of Zoolights. The event features larger light displays, longer hours, and more available dates than Zoolights. It is the new way to make new memories and continue your holiday tradition.

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