ZooLights: Nov 29 - Jan 5

Check back in the fall for updated information on the 2020-2021 season of ZooLights! 

File ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo


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. 

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. 

ZooLights map

See the 2019 ZooLights map below: 

ZooLights map 2019