Hundreds of thousands of LED lights brighten Oakland's night sky. Highlights include a candy cane lane themed rides area, a night time adventure on the Outback Express train, rocking around the Christmas trees and a light show that's sure to blow out any bah-hum-bugs.
See the ZooLights at Oakland Zoo Video

Please stay tuned for the ZooLights 2016 Calendar of Events. Download a calendar of nightly events, including which nights Santa will be onsite!

Date and Time

ZooLights will be held each evening from December 2 to January 1, 2017

Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Please call (510) 632-9525 for up-to-date information. ZooLights is closed on 12/24 & 12/25.

Cost and Fees

ZooLights is a separate event and is not included in regular Zoo Admission.
Adults: $8.00
Children (2-14) and Seniors (65-79): $7.00
Children under 2 and Adults over 80: FREE
Members: $1.00 off regular ticket prices
*FREE MEMBER MONDAYS: December 5 and December 12 ONLY*


Zoo-wide Event Please park in the Upper Parking Lot and proceed to the Main Entrance.
The Lower Entrance will be closed during ZooLights hours.


Registration is not required.


Contact: General Information
Phone: (510) 632-9525 x100

Additional Program Information
  • Oakland Zoo animal residents will be in their night houses and not visible to the public.
  • ZooLights will be open 7 days a week, depending on weather conditions.
  • ZooLights will be closed on December 24th and 25th so that staff may spend the holiday with their families.
  • Thank you to our ZooLights sponsors: Impact Lighting & Production, KOIT, KPIX/CW, 95.7 THE GAME , Q 102.1, 98.5 KFOX, 102.9 KBLX


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