Oakland Zoo Turns on ZooLights, an East Bay Holiday Tradition

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Oakland Zoo is set to turn on a holiday tradition known as ZooLights, a festival of lights, on Friday, December 4.

Oakland Zoo's ZooLights - A Holiday Light Display

December 4, 2015…Oakland Zoo is set to turn on a holiday tradition known as ZooLights, a festival of lights, on Friday, December 4. This East Bay community event runs 5:30pm – 9:00pm each night, beginning December 4 through January 3, 2016; however, ZooLights is closed on December 24 and 25. The 2015 ZooLights display features designs by Impact Lighting and music powered by 96.5 KOIT, 95.7 The Game, Q102.1, 98.5 KFOX, and 102.9 KBLX.

Dozens of colorfully lit animal-themed structures are carefully situated throughout Oakland Zoo for families to enjoy. The main attraction each evening is a Light Show with a mashup of memorable movie lines, unforgettable Christmas characters, and tis the season tunes. Starlit pathways lead guests through a candy cane lane themed Adventure Landing, featuring the Outback Express Adventure Train, a decked out train ride sure to inspire a jolly time on a dark winter night. Plus, Santa makes appearances on select nights, check Oakland Zoo’s web calendar for specific dates.

Don’t have time for dinner? ZooLights “Go Bites” are a supper solution. The five dollar specialty snacks make it convenient for guests to walk and talk while devouring chicken satay skewers, fried mac n’ cheese bites, Kinder’s ball tip sliders, chicken wings, and more. Warm up with hot beverages like hot chocolate, cider, and coffee, also available for purchase.

ZooLights is a family oriented evening, filled with traditional holiday activities, designed to help one make merry memories of the winter season. For additional details about ZooLights, visit http://www.oaklandzoo.org.

Oakland Zoo would like to thank the following sponsors of ZooLights: 96.5 KOIT, 95.7 THE GAME, Q 102.1, 98.5 KFOX, 102.9 KBLX, KPIX 5, The CW, KOFY TV, Ghirardelli Factory Outlet in San Leandro, Scholarshare, Amtrak, By Nature Pet Foods, World’s Best Cat Litter, Metro PCS, Bay Street Mall, Bayfair Center, and Impact Lighting.


Event runs December 4, 2015 – January 3, 2016

ZooLights is closed December 24, & 25

ZooLights Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Admission Prices:

Adult:             $8.00

Child:             $7.00

Oakland Zoo Members receive a $1 discount.

Parking:         FREE


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. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The 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. For more information please visit our website at http://www.oaklandzoo.org.

Contact: Nicky Mora, Senior Manager Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 ext. 130

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