Los Angeles Zoo


LA Zoo Zoo Lights November 18, 2016 - January 8, 2017, 6-10 p.m.

New Year's Eve Party December 31, 2016, 6 p.m. Tickets: $69 adult

LA Zoo Lights
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

L.A.'s Brightest New Holiday Tradition is a holiday lights experience that combines spectacular sets and lighting design with the enchanting environment of the L.A. Zoo. After the animals are tucked away for the night, the spectacular glow of the holiday lights provide a show for guests seeing another side of the zoo. The self-guided tour can take between 60-90 minutes to complete, though you're not obligated to see it all if you prefer not to.

Stroll through areas of the Zoo that are transformed into a fantastical wonderland populated by glowing light animals. View real reindeer, see Santa on select dates, and enjoy holiday treats and goodies under the stars. 
Admission for this all-ages evening program is separate from daytime general Zoo admission. No live animals other than reindeer will be on display during event times.


Thousands Upon Thousands of LED Lights, Illuminated Snowflakes, 3-D Animated Projections, Water and Light Shows, Glittering Light Tunnels and Menageries of Animal Characters Sets the Zoo's Enchanting Environment Aglow

With the flick of a switch that illuminates a dazzling wonderland, L.A. ZOO LIGHTS returns bigger, better and even more spectacular as it heralds a new standard for nighttime magic at the Los Angeles Zoo from Friday, November 27, 2015, through Sunday, January 3, 2016. With awe-inspiring features providing a brand-new spin on holiday lights in Griffith Park, L.A. ZOO LIGHTS sets the Zoo's enchanting environment aglow with breathtaking displays, among them thousands upon thousands of LED lights, flurries of illuminated snowflakes, stunning 3-D animated projections and glittering light tunnels. A fanciful menagerie of animal characters include mischievous animated monkeys scampering through the grounds, a glowing 130-foot snake coiled on a roof, a hillside with snowboarding "lizards," 3-D animated elephants wearing colorful holiday sweaters, an origami-type rhino lit from within and so much more. L.A. ZOO LIGHTS is open every night, except Christmas Eve (December 24) and Christmas Day (December 25), from 6 to 10 pm.

An instant hit when it debuted last year, attracting more than 175,000 people, this year's L.A. ZOO LIGHTS is sure to top the holiday tradition” destination list once more, with a trove of new lights and displays for an even brighter atmosphere of wonder and delight, and unlike anything seen in L.A. before. Captivating guests for an ideal family outing, meet-up with friends or date night, L.A. ZOO LIGHTS' self-guided 60- to 90-minute walking tour through select areas of the Zoo -- while L.A. Zoo animal residents are asleep -- offers a unique visitor experience that features the only opportunity in Los Angeles to see real reindeer; visits with Santa Claus on select dates; and steaming hot chocolate, irresistible churros and other holiday treats and goodies for sale. Last year, the first-ever LA ZOO LIGHTS was established by the private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) as a festive new tradition.

In addition to more lights, displays, décor, effects and a larger L.A. ZOO LIGHTS area in the Zoo, the event's biggest expansion this year takes place in and around The LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), which boasts a giant 130-foot illuminated snake gazing down from the rooftop, flicking its tongue as guests enter the building. Inside The LAIR, guests find themselves bathed in ultraviolet light with glowing webs, orbs, and "insects" of all kinds on the rock walls. In the LAIR courtyard, guests will witness snowboarding igunas on a sparkly, frosty hillside. At an equally stunning next stop, guests encounter a holiday aquatic show boasting lighted fountains and shooting screens of water with majestic projections of fanciful animations set to music. The re-imagined Santa's Village is in an all-new, glittering alpine setting, the perfect location for magical holiday photos (available for an additional fee).

HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR   Saturday, December 10 features "skip-the-line" express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights with a private lounge from 6:30 to 8:30 pm boasting hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and hot and cold specialty cocktails.  $75

FAMILY NEW YEAR'S EVE tickets are $65 for adults and $40 for  Thursday, December 31, 6 pm, skip-the-line express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights, dinner buffet, soft drinks, complimentary champagne for adults, sparkling apple cider for kids, dessert, a ride on the Zoo's special conservation carousel, crafts for youngsters, DJ dance party, cash bar and live broadcast of New York's Times Square ball drop at 9 pm, after which guests are welcome to experience L.A. Zoo Lights until closing.

L.A. ZOO LIGHTS has again been developed in collaboration with art director Gregg Lacy and Bionic League, entertainment-industry partners renowned for remarkable large-scale installations for festivals, stadiums, arenas, clubs, and artists like Daft Punk, Kanye West and many others.

Sponsors of L.A. ZOO LIGHTS
99 Cent Only Stores
Service Systems Associates
The Georgina Frederick Children's Foundation
Beth and Joshua Friedman
Larry and Sue Ivanjack
Paramount Pictures
Donald and Susan Rice
The Shultz Family
Employees of the Shultz Steel Company
Simms Family Foundation

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens,
1.6 million visitors each year
1,100 animals
250 different species
many rare or endangered
113 acres
LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles)
Elephants of Asia
Campo Gorilla Reserve
Rainforest of the Americas,
endangered and exotic mammals
fish and amphibians
rainforest biosphere
Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel
Indian Rhino Encounter direct-contact opportunity
Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains
largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States
Red Ape Rain Forest
walk among orangutans
Winnick Family Children's Zoo
one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world
800 different plant species
7,000 individual plants
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA),
private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA)
partnership with the City of Los Angeles
one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Admission to "L.A. ZOO LIGHTS"
Mondays through Thursdays (except on December 21, 22 and 23 when tickets are the same as weekend prices), and $16 for adults/seniors and $14 for children ages 2 to 12 tickets on Fridays through Sundays. Tickets for GLAZA members are $11 for adults/seniors and $10 for children ages 2 to 12 on Mondays through Thursdays (except on December 21, 22 and 23 when tickets are the same as weekend prices), and $14 for adults/seniors and $13 for children ages 2 to 12 on Fridays through Sundays. Children under age 2 are free. Purchase tickets online to attend during the first week (Nov 27 – Dec 3) for the online-only Early Bird Rate of $10 each. Tickets are also available for $9 after 9 pm on select nights. Visit LAZoolights.org for details and to purchase tickets.

The Los Angeles Zoo Griffith Park
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Free parking
(323) 644-4200


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