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ZooLights at Oakland Zoo

ZooLights at Oakland Zoo

  • 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, CA 94605
  • Neighborhood: Montclair Village/Oakland Hills


Celebrate the holidays at Oakland Zoo amidst a million glowing lights! Soar over the Oakland hills in our festively-lit gondolas and see the Bay Area skyline like never before. Enjoy swirling snowfalls over a dazzling Winter Wonderland attraction featuring Santa for the ultimate holiday experience.

See the Music in Motion laser light shows and stroll through twinkling holiday lights, animal structures and a candy cane lane-themed Adventure Landing with rides your kids will love. Hop on the illuminated Outback Express Train and warm up with hot cocoa and dinner at the Landing Café with a scenic view for miles!

Members: $11 adults/$10 children (2-14)
Non-Members: $12 adults/$11 children (2-14)
Children under 2 and adults over 76: Free
Parking: Free

Activities and Encounters

  • “Music in Motion” Laser Light Show: Sing along to your favorite holiday tunes and be wowed by an all new “Music in Motion” Laser Light Show.
  • Winter Wonderland: enjoy swirling snowfalls over a dazzling Winter Wonderland attraction featuring Santa in his decked-out workshop for the ultimate holiday experience.
  • Meet Santa every night between December 7-23, 6pm-9pm!
  • Warming Stations: Need a place to warm up? Visit the creatures that are still stirring at night in the Bug House and Reptile and Amphibian House.
  • Think Pink 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 our festively lit gondolas. Lift your holiday spirits as you soar through the night sky. Included with ZooLights admission.
  • Adventure Landing: Experience Wild Australia at night on the Outback Express Adventure Train or ride our Conservation Carousel.
  • Weekend Activities: Face painting, holiday-themed crafts, live performances by local entertainers, & meet a real ZooKeeper!


  • The Landing Café: Bon Appetit! Take the gondola up for a sensory sensation. Breathtaking views lead to chef-inspired cuisine in a state-of-the-art facility. Make The Landing Café a destination for dinner during the event.
  • Tuskers Grill: Just Inside Flamingo Plaza, Tuskers features variety of delicious food and indoor/outdoor seating.
  • Safari Sweet Shop: Enjoy tasty sweet like Churros, Cookie, Donuts, Funnel cake fries and Fried pretzel bites with cinnamon sugar – for a limited time!
  • Restaurant/Snack Spot operating hours are subject to change.

Event Info

  • Dates: December 6, 2019 - January 5, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Oakland Zoo
  • Address: 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, CA 94605
  • Time: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: $10-$12
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