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2019 ZooLights at Oakland Zoo
ZooLights at Oakland Zoo! 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!
Monday – Sunday: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
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
ZooLights at Oakland Zoo Dates/Times:
December 6-31, 2019 | January 1-5, 2020
ZooLights will be closed on December 24th and 25th so that staff may spend the holiday with their families.
ZooLights is a separate event and is not included in regular Zoo Admission.
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