LA Zoo Lights returns for its third spectacular year with more nights and lights than ever before. The dazzling magic kicks off a “ZooLAbration” of the Los Angeles Zoo's 50th Anniversary on Friday, November 18, 2016, and remains open for seven awe-inspiring weeks through Sunday, January 8, 2017, under the stars at the L.A. Zoo.
An instant hit since its 2014 debut, LA Zoo Lights captivates guests for an ideal family outing, meet-up with friends or date night with self-guided 60- to 90-minute walking tour through select areas of the Zoo. While most animal residents are asleep, visitors can view the LAIR's amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles as well as enjoy the only opportunity in Los Angeles to see a real reindeer family comprised of two adults and two adorable babies.
LA Zoo Lights – More Nights & Lights Than Ever Before
Awarded USA Today's 2015 “10 Best Zoo Lights” honor, LA Zoo Lights sets the Zoo aglow in wonder and delight to top everyone's “holiday must” destination list with a fanciful menagerie of animal characters brought to “life,” LED lights by the thousands, giant illuminated snowflakes, a “red-carpet” 50th Anniversary party celebrating the Zoo's Golden Year, a disco ball forest, glittering twinkle tunnels, stunning 3-D animated projections, and much more.
Check out this video of some of our favorite displays at the LA Zoo Lights.
Light Scapes: Water Show
A glittering snow-covered setting for photos with Santa Claus, available for an additional fee on select dates, captures holiday memories, and the Zoo's hand-crafted Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel is open during LA Zoo Lights, with $3 per person on-site tickets.
LA Zoo Lights has attracted nearly 350,000 people over a two-year span, a vast number of whom consumed some 10,000 gallons of steaming hot chocolate and more than 30,000 irresistible churros in 2015. The aforementioned goodies and other seasonal treats and light-themed souvenirs are available for sale.
Returning this year are “VIP Experiences,” including two exclusive HOLIDAY HAPPY HOURs for the 21-and-up crowd on Thursday, December 8 with an “Ugly Sweater” theme, and Thursday, December 15 with a “60s-Style Cocktail Party” theme, as well as a FAMILY NEW YEAR'S EVE for all ages. The two HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR evenings feature “skip-the-line” express entry to LA Zoo Lights at 6 pm with a private lounge from 6:30 to 8:30 pm including hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and hot and cold specialty cocktails.
Tickets for HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR are $75 per person. FAMILY NEW YEAR'S EVE on Saturday, December 31, 6 pm, provides an opportunity to celebrate the coming of 2017 in style with “skip-the-line” express entry to LA Zoo Lights, dinner buffet, soft drinks, complimentary champagne for adults, sparkling apple cider for kids, dessert, a ride on the conservation carousel, games, DJ dance party, cash bar and live broadcast of New York's Times Square ball drop at 9 pm, after which guests are welcome to experience LA Zoo Lights until closing. FAMILY NEW YEAR'S EVE tickets are $69 for adults and $45 for children, or $64 (adults) and $40 (children) for GLAZA members. Tickets for all three “VIP Experiences” have limited availability, so early purchase is strongly suggested.
Portions of this material has been provided courtesy of the L.A. Zoo.