It wouldn’t be the holidays in Portland without a visit to ZooLights, the Oregon Zoo’s annual winter festival. 

As you walk around the zoo, you’ll see a dazzling display of more than million and a half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light. In addition to visiting elephants, penguins and other animals, you can ride the popular lighted train and enjoy dinner from a variety of food carts. Little ones may want to ride the carousel, and Santa will be available at the events through December 23 for photos. There will be local food carts, special warm drinks and live music as well.

ZooLights runs from Nov. 21, 2018, to Jan. 5, 2019, though it will be closed Nov. 22 and Dec. 24-25 for the holidays, and Nov. 27 and 28 for BrewLights.

Value Nights will take place on Nov. 26, 29 and Dec. 3–6 and 10–13. Zoo For All families are also welcome to attend those dates. Advance tickets are not available for Zoo For All guests. 


Pricing varies depending on the date. ZooLights tickets are here and Value Tickets are here.
VIP ZooLights is Dec. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23. BrewLights is Nov. 27 & 28: tickets are here

The zoo opens each day at 9:30 a.m., and ZooLights tickets are valid after 4 p.m. The hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on ZooLights nights, and 5 to 8 p.m. on Zoo For All and Value Nights. Grounds remain open for one hour after gates close.

Member info

Oregon Zoo members get free admission throughout ZooLights. To learn about discounts for members, visit the special offers page. Members can purchase advance train tickets here.

Know before you go

Find out about what's new, special offers, parking details and ride share discounts and how to make the most of your ZooLights experience. Read our FAQs for further illumination. 

Dinner, treats and drinks

From local food carts and sandwiches to elephant ears (and "Elf Ears"), hot cocoa and light-up cotton candy, there's something delicious for everyone at ZooLights. Learn more about dining and treat options.