Every holiday season, the Oregon Zoo transforms into a sparkling wonderland of more than a million LED lights.

This year, the train will be taking the holidays off as tracks are laid for an improved route. To make up for it, ZooLights 2013, presented by Toyota, will be more immersive than ever before, with expansions into new areas of the zoo drawing visitors through glowing forests, rainbow-lit tunnels and into a world of animal sculptures brought to life by light.

ZooLights FAQ

Learn how to make the most of your ZooLights experience.

Food and beverage

Visit the Cascade Grill and order dinner from our enticing holiday menu or warm up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate as you explore the winter night filled with sounds of the season.

Special offers

It wouldn't be the holidays in Portland without a visit to ZooLights. Enjoy all the magic of ZooLights for a fraction of the cost by taking advantage of these special offers.

ZooLights schedule

  • ZooLights runs from Friday Nov. 29 to Sunday Jan. 5
  • There will be no ZooLights on Tuesday, Dec. 24. The zoo is closed on Wednesday, Dec. 25.
  • 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.


Adults (12-64)                           


Seniors (65+)                             


Youth (3-11)                               


Infant (2 & under)                    






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