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2018 ZooLights at Oakland Zoo

Friday , December 07 , 2018 | Time: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Cost: $9 – $10

2018 Family Things to do for the Holidays in the Bay area.

ZooLights at Oakland Zoo is a family-oriented evening filled with traditional holiday activities, designed to help one make merry memories of the winter season. Soar over the Oakland hills in our festively-lit gondolas and see the entire Bay Area like never before! We’ve added cool new laser light shows and much more to our hundreds of thousands of holiday lights and structures brightening Oakland’s night sky. Other highlights include a candy cane lane-themed Adventure Landing with rides your kids will love, an adventure on the Outback Express train, rocking around the Christmas trees and a music-themed light show that’s sure to blow out any bah-hum-bugs! Don’t forget to warm up with some hot cocoa and homemade s’mores, available at Flamingo Plaza at the Zoo’s main entrance.

Activities and Encounters

“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.

*NEW* Winter Wonderland: enjoy swirling snowfalls over a dazzling Winter Wonderland attraction featuring Santa in his decked-out workshop for the ultimate holiday experience. *Meet Santa every night between December 7-23rd, 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.

*NEW* 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!

ZooLights Hours:

Monday – Sunday:      5:30pm – 9:00pm

Admission Prices:

Members: $9 adults/$8 children (2-14)/Free Children under 2 and adults over 76

Non-Members: $10 adults/$9 children (2-14)/Free Children under 2 and adults over 76

Parking: FREE

ZooLights at Oakland Zoo Dates/Times:

December 7-23, 26-31, 2018 | January 1-6, 2019
ZooLights will be closed on December 24th and 25th so that staff may spend the holiday with their families.
FREE MEMBER NIGHTS: December 10-13, limited capacity, pre-registration required
ZooLights is a separate event and is not included in regular Zoo Admission.

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Address: 9777 Golf Links Road
Oakland, CA 94605 USA

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