Second Tuesday ZooLights

December 11, 2012 - 05:00pm to 08:00pm

On Second Tuesday, Dec. 11, enjoy ZooLights (after 4 p.m.) with a buy-one-get-one special.

Celebrate the holiday season amid the sparkling lights and brilliant hues of ZooLights. More than a million LED lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. Cap off your visit by boarding the zoo's light-bedecked steamer train, which provides a unique view of the ZooLights splendor. How to make the most of this Portland tradition? Read our ZooLights FAQ.

ZooLights schedule

  • Sunday-Thursday hours: ZooLights gates are open from 5-8 p.m. Guests may stay on grounds until 9 p.m.
  • Friday-Saturday hours: ZooLights gates are open from 5-8:30 p.m. Guests may stay on grounds until 9:30 p.m.
  • Train: Train will begin running around 5:15 p.m.
  • There will be no ZooLights on Monday, Dec. 24 or Tuesday, Dec. 25

Zoolights Admission

The zoo offers group pricing and park packages that include admission and the train ride. ZooLights is free for zoo members at the Plus level or higher.


Package (admission & Train)

Admission only

Train price if package not purchased

Adults (12-64)




Seniors (65 +)




Children (3-11)




Infant (2 & under)





Zoo members at Plus levels and above receive free admission to ZooLights and a 50 cent discount on the train ride.


Groups of 20 or more get a 20% discount. Reservations are not required

Transit discount

$1.50 on admission (proof of MAX/ bus fare required)