Oregon's most popular holiday tradition is back and better than ever!

Kids and adults alike agree: it wouldn't be the holidays in Portland without a visit to ZooLights. In addition to the classic walk through a dazzling display of 1.5 million lights, you can bring your family and friends to explore the lights by car with a drive-through experience on select nights.

ZooLights runs from Nov. 19, 2021 to Jan. 9, 2022, excluding Dec. 25

This year, the holiday season kicks off with two kid-free nights for the 21+ crowd on Nov. 19 and 20, and two members-only experiences on Nov. 22 & 23 before the ZooLights season opens to the public on Nov. 24. Please check the calendar to choose the night that best works for you. If eligible, please click here to purchase discounted ZooLights tickets.

All tickets are timed-entry and must be purchased in advance online; subject to availability; per transaction limits apply.

Member info

Oregon Zoo members receive discounted admission (20% off) throughout ZooLights, including two members-only ZooLights preview nights. Members must be logged in to their online transaction accounts before selecting tickets to see automatically discounted member pricing; no additional discount code required. See for members only ZooLights FAQ for additional information.

Know before you go

This year’s event promises to be brighter than ever with both walking and driving experiences and colorful new light displays. To make the most of your experience, read more about what to expect during your visit and review our updated safety information. Ask your ZooLights Questions Here.

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. Visitors will find delicious seasonal offerings from elephant ears and cocoa to dinner specials and Oregon beer and wine throughout the zoo during ZooLights.

Drive-through: Pre-order the following snacks with ticket purchase. See ticketing page for details.

  • Hot Cocoa
  • Humdinger Kettle Corn
  • Elephant Ears
  • Cotton Candy