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.

In addition to visiting elephants, mountain goats and other wildlife, 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. 

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. Value Night hours are 5 p.m. to 8 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. 

For information about Value Nights, the ZooLights VIP Experience, Sensory Inclusive Night and more, see our ZooLights FAQ.

ZooLights map

See the 2019 ZooLights map below: 

ZooLights map 2019