ZooLights: Nov 29 - Jan 5


The best holiday event in Portland returns this winter 

It wouldn't be the holidays in Portland without a visit to ZooLights!

As you walk around the zoo, you'll see a dazzling display of more than 1.5 million lights, and experience the zoo in a whole new way.

You can ride the popular lighted train and carousel and enjoy hot drinks and local food carts. Photos with Santa will be available for the little ones every evening through Dec. 24.

Although most animal exhibits are closed during ZooLights, reindeer will be visiting and a few other animals will be viewable. See map below for locations.

ZooLights tickets:

  • $17.95 adult online
  • $12.95 youth online
  • $19.95 adult onsite 
  • $14.95 youth onsite

Pricing varies depending on the date. Click here for more info, and see the calendar below.

When is ZooLights?

ZooLights runs from Nov. 29, 2019, to Jan. 5, 2020, with the exception of December 25th. 

The zoo opens each day at 9:30 a.m., and ZooLights hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

How do you get to ZooLights?

MAX, Park and Ride, rideshare, or drive—there are plenty of ways to get to ZooLights. Because parking lots fill up quickly on busy evenings, visitors are encouraged to ride MAX or explore alternate transit options. 

Click the button below for more info on ZooLights transportation and parking. 

ZooLights member info

Oregon Zoo members get free admission throughout ZooLights for all cardholders, guests and children covered by their membership level. Additional guest tickets are available for purchase at ZooLights. To learn about discounts for members, visit the special offers page.

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, hot cocoa and mini hot donuts, there's something delicious for everyone at ZooLights.

ZooLights calendar

View the calendar below to help plan your trip to Zoolights. 

  • Value Nights pricing is only available onsite at the zoo, and only on listed nights on the calendar above. 
  • Please note that Sensory Inclusive Night is a specially ticketed event and not included in membership. 
  • For information about Value Nights, the ZooLights VIP ExperienceSensory Inclusive Night and more, see our ZooLights FAQ.

ZooLights map

See the 2019 ZooLights map below: 

ZooLights map 2019