Discounted Programs

December 6-31, 2019 | January 1-5, 2020


5:30pm - 9:00pm

Members: $11 adults/$10 children (2-14)

Non-Members: $12 adults/$11 children (2-14)

Children under 2 and adults over 76: Free

Parking: Free

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About ZooLights

Celebrate the holidays at Oakland Zoo amidst a million glowing lights! Soar over the Oakland hills in our festively-lit gondolas and see the Bay Area skyline like never before. Enjoy our dazzling Penguin Playground attraction featuring Santa for the ultimate holiday experience.

See the Music in Motion laser light shows and stroll through twinkling holiday lights, animal structures and a candy cane lane-themed Adventure Landing with rides your kids will love. Hop on the illuminated Outback Express Adventure Train and warm up with hot cocoa and dinner at The Landing Café with a scenic view for miles!

Activities and Encounters

Flamingo Plaza: Enjoy swirling snowfalls that welcome you to Oakland Zoo's annual holiday event.

“Music in Motion” Laser Light Show: Sing along to your favorite holiday tunes and be wowed by an all new “Music in Motion” Laser Light Show.

Penguin Playground: meet Santa in ultimate holiday experience.

Meet Santa every night between December 6-23, 6pm-9pm!

Warming Stations: Need a place to warm up? Visit the creatures that are still stirring at night in the Bug House and Reptile and Amphibian House.

Think Pink Selfie Station: Take a selfie at this all pink flamingo section of the Zoo.

Dancing Lights: Stroll through holiday lights, decorated animal structures & dancing lights.

Gondola: Enjoy sweeping views of the entire Bay Area from our festively lit gondolas. Lift your holiday spirits as you soar through the night sky. Included with ZooLights admission.

Adventure Landing: Experience Wild Australia at night on the Outback Express Adventure Train or ride our Conservation Carousel.

Weekend Activities: Face painting, holiday-themed crafts, live performances by local entertainers, & meet a real ZooKeeper!


The Landing Café: Bon Appetit! Take the gondola up for a sensory sensation. Breathtaking views lead to chef-inspired cuisine in a state-of-the-art facility. Make The Landing Café a destination for dinner during the event.

Tuskers Grill: Just Inside Flamingo Plaza, Tuskers features variety of delicious food and indoor/outdoor seating.

Safari Sweet Shop: Enjoy tasty sweet like Churros, Cookie, Donuts, Funnel cake fries and Fried pretzel bites with cinnamon sugar – for a limited time!

Restaurant/Snack Spot operating hours are subject to change.

Free Member Nights

December 9-12, limited capacity, pre-registration required.

Registration will open at 10am on Thursday, November 21.

Additional Information


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

ZooLights and Gondola

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

Gondola runs from 5:30pm to 8:30pm to visit the Landing Café. Round-trip rides only between 8:30pm and 9pm.

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


Members: $11 adults/$10 children (2-14)/Free Children under 2 and adults over 76

Non-Members: $12 adults/$11 children (2-14)/Free Children under 2 and adults over 76

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

The Lower Entrance will be closed during ZooLights hours, unless otherwise noted.

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