Light Up with Holiday Spirit at Oakland Zoo’s ZooLights

ZooLights at Oakland Zoo: ZooLights -- A Family TraditionOn December 3, 2010, the holiday light display, ZooLights, returns to the Oakland Zoo. It's a family friendly event filled with familiar festive music, a meadow light show, and an atmosphere that will put the holiday spirit into your step. During the evenings of December 3 -- January 2, the Oakland Zoo morphs into a magical wonderland filled with lights, sights, and sounds of the holiday season. Thousands of LED lights shine in the night sky in the form of animals, candy canes, lollipops, and good ole St. Nick.Get the family together, be sure to dress in warm clothes, and come on out to the Oakland Zoo for an evening filled with good cheer. See Santa, take a train ride on the Snowball Express, and mingle through a festival of lights. ZooLights 2010 is a family tradition you don't want to miss! For more information, visit and click on the calendar section.December 3, 2010 -- January 2, 2011Exception: ZooLights will be closed December 24 & 25 so staff members may spend the holiday with family.ZooLights Hours:Friday -- Sunday: 5:30pm -- 9:30pmMonday -- Thursday: 5:30pm -- 9:00pm*Please note that Oakland Zoo animal residents will be in their night houses and not visible to the public.Admission Prices:Adult Members: $6.50 Senior/Child Members: $4.50Adult, Non-Members: $7.50 Child, Non-Members: $5.50 — by oaklandzoo08 on October 22, 2010 to Entertainment (122 seconds)

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — On Friday, December 2, 2011, the Oakland Zoo morphs into a magical wonderland filled with lights, sights, and sounds of the holiday season. Hundreds of thousands of LED lights brighten Oakland’s night sky.

ZooLights2_webHighlights include a candy cane lane themed rides area, a night time adventure on the Outback Express train, rocking around the Christmas trees in the Children’s Zoo, and a light show that’s sure to blow out any bah hum bugs. When it’s cold outside, you can warm up while watching the creepy crawlies in the Bug House. And, do snakes like holly? The Zoo elves are decking the halls of the Reptile Room with mistletoe and all things jolly.    

This family friendly event is filled with familiar festive music by KBLX, a meadow light show orchestrated by Impact Lighting, and an atmosphere that will bring you and yours holiday cheer. It’s an Oakland tradition you do not want to miss. Visit for more information.

December 2, 2011 – January 1, 2012

Exception: ZooLights will be closed December 24 & 25 so staff members may spend the holiday with family.

ZooLights Hours:

Monday – Sunday:    5:30pm – 9:00pmZooLights-1_web

Admission Prices:

Adult:             $7.50

Child:             $5.50

Oakland Zoo Members receive a $1 discount.


The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at

The East Bay Zoological Society EBZS is celebrating 75 years. The society has managed and operated both the Zoo and surrounding Knowland Park for the City of Oakland since 1982. Under its management, the Oakland Zoo presents an award-winning experience for visitors, fosters knowledge and understanding of animals and the environment through educational programs, and has earned national awards and international acclaim for its animal management and wildlife conservation efforts. Over the years, exhibit by exhibit, the Oakland Zoo has been reinvigorated and revitalized, making it a place where animals thrive and visitors enjoy. For more information, please visit our website at


Nicky Mora
Oakland Zoo

Nancy Filippi
Oakland Zoo