ZooLights is back with a dazzling winter wonderland of holiday lights

ZooLights is back with a dazzling winter wonderland of holiday lights



A Northwest holiday tradition is back! ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo, presented by U.S. Bank, presents a winter wonderland of more than 1.5 million brightly colored lights.

All the traditional favorite displays are back: forests of lighted trees, dazzling life-size animal silhouettes and the light-bedecked zoo train. And new to ZooLights this year: a spectacular installation on the central lawn celebrating the Oregon Coast and its unique wildlife, including otters, seals, sea lions, urchins, sea stars, crabs and more.

Once again, there are two ways to illuminate the season: the traditional walk-through ZooLights, plus some midweek evenings set aside for a drive-through experience.

ZooLights is a special event and is not included with regular daytime admission. All guests, including members, must reserve tickets in advance via the zoo website. For tickets and additional info, visit oregonzoo.org/zoolights.

To prepare grounds for the drive-through experience, the zoo will remain closed during regular daytime hours on Tuesdays through Thursdays (except during Portland Public Schools’ winter break, Dec. 19–30). This temporary daytime schedule will continue through Feb. 16, allowing the zoo to conduct maintenance work during some of its lightest attended days of the year.

As part of the Metro family, the Oregon Zoo helps make greater Portland a great place to call home. Committed to conservation, the zoo is working to save endangered California condors, northwestern pond turtles, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, and northern leopard frogs. To learn more, visit oregonzoo.org/recovery.

Support from the Oregon Zoo Foundation enhances and expands the zoo’s efforts in conservation, education and animal welfare. Members, donors and corporate and foundation partners help the zoo make a difference across the region and around the world.


To contribute, go to oregonzoo.org/donate.