ZooLights returns to National Zoo for holiday season

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition, ZooLights, returns this holiday season! 

The annual event is free for everyone, but attendees are required to get a pass. The colorful display will be open from 5pm to 9 pm on Nov. 25 through Dec. 30th. 

Despite, the free entry, attendees will need to pay a flat-rate parking fee of $30. The fee will not be charged on Member Night, Dec. 15th. You can reserve parking here.

Visitors attending ZooLights can expect live music performances, tasty treats, and a chance to complete some of your holiday shopping. All proceeds from concession and parking sales benefit animal care and conservation science at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

"Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!" according to the National Zoo.

ZooLights will be wheelchair accessible with free wheelchair and electronic vehicle rentals available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Electronic chairs will cost $25 for members, and $30 for non-members.

Those planning to travel via Metro can catch the Red Line to Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan or Cleveland Park metro stations. The National Zoo’s entrance is located halfway between the two stations and both are a short walk from the zoo. The D.C. Circulator Bus will provide shuttle service from the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan station for those who are not able to walk. The shuttle will operate every 15 minutes during the hours ZooLights is open.

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You can catch the lights during the following dates:

Week 1- Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday

Week 2- Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday

Week 3- Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday

Week 4 & 5- Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday

Week 6- Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday

Click here to learn more about planning a trip to see ZooLights.