California Zoos



December 6, 2019-January 5, 2020
5:30-9 p.m.

December 6-31, 2019 | January 1-5, 2020

Closed December Christmas Day (December 25) and dependent on weather conditions

Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Road
off Highway 580
Oakland, CA
Parking free

Oakland Zoo animal residents are in their night houses and not visible to the public.


  • Music in Motion Laser Light Show invites guests to sing along to favorite holiday tunes and be wowed by Laser Light Show.
  • Winter Wonderland features swirling snowfalls and Santa in his decked-out workshop e
  • Bug House and Reptile and Amphibian House serve as Warming Stations.
  • Flamingo Selfie Station: Take a selfie at this all pink flamingo section of the Zoo.
  • Dancing Lights: Stroll through holiday lights, decorated animal structures & dancing lights.
  • Gondola: Enjoy sweeping views of the entire Bay Area from festively lit gondolas, included with ZooLights admission.
  • Adventure Landing: Experience Wild Australia at night on the Outback Express Adventure Train or ride the Conservation Carousel.
  • Weekend Activities: Face painting, holiday-themed crafts, live performances by local entertainers, & meet a real ZooKeeper!
  • The Landing Cafe: Bon Appetit accessible by gondola offers breathtaking views lead to chef-inspired cuisine in a state-of-the-art facility. 
    Tuskers Grill: Indoor/outdoor seating.
  • Safari Sweet Shop Churros, Cookies, Donuts, Funnel cake, fries and Fried pretzel bites with cinnamon sugar!
  • Snack Spots: Giraffe Ridge & Madagascar Trading Post

Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park,  ZooLights is a festival of hundreds of thousands of sparkling LED lights that illuminate the Zoo and night sky to celebrate a holiday tradition in Oakland. Dozens of colorfully lit animal-themed structures are situated throughout the Zoo for families to enjoy.  Along with the annual meadow show featuring traditional animal characters and familiar holiday beats, the Zoo's African Veldt includes prehistoric  dinosaurs, volcanoes, and explosions of light timed perfectly to illustrate a unique ensemble of holiday cheer in a Land of the Lost.

 East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.

Starlit pathways lead guests through the candy cane lane themed Adventure Landing featuring the Outback Express Adventure train, a decked out train ride, hot cocoa or specialty coffee drinks  

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO: The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide.

Subscribe to our newsletter!

More Info

Near Oakland