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Glowfari at Oakland Zoo

Glowfari at Oakland Zoo


This wildly popular, family-friendly experience is back with hundreds of ALL new, larger-than-life animal lanterns throughout the Zoo. Each lantern tells the story of the ongoing journey of wildlife, the importance of every species on our planet, and Oakland Zoo's commitment to conservation.
This year’s experience features new themes including the forests of North America with iconic native wildlife like mountain lions and wolves, our frosty friends of the Arctic with puffins and polar bears, the Deep Ocean featuring rarely seen sea creatures, and a stroll through the swamp as you encounter alligators and other animals of the Bayou!
Finish your experience with a ride on the train through the great red island of Madagascar, a wondrous world full of lemurs, chameleons, and other unique flora and fauna!
Don't forget to visit Santa in the Rides Area Fridays - Sundays in November and every night December 1-23 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm (line closes at 8:45pm). Please note, Santa's hours are subject to change and he may have to head back to the North Pole if it gets too wet.

Event Info

  • Dates: December 2, 2023 - January 2, 2024
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 2nd
  • Location: Oakland Zoo
  • Address: 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, CA 94605
  • Phone: (510) 632-9525
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Adults: $26 Children (2-14)/Seniors (65-75): $22 Members: 10% discount Under 2 and 76 and over: Free Parking: Free
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