Get into the Yuletide Spirit with the LA Zoo Lights Display

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With the holiday season in full swing, there are plenty of festive light displays to experience in SoCal. One not-to-be-missed illuminated attraction is LA Zoo Lights, which is happening from November 17, 2017 to January 7, 2018. For this seasonal event, a portion of the Los Angeles Zoo is transformed into a magical realm of twinkling lights featuring 3D projections, animal-themed LEDs, lasers, and animated displays. Additionally, you can catch a dazzling water and light show choreographed to music and attend the black light party at the reptile house. While most of the zoo animals will be asleep, the reptiles and amphibians at LAIR will be on view, and Santa’s reindeer will be working overtime at Reindeer Village to welcome zoo guests.

Some of our favorite displays from Lights would have to be the silver colored disco balls with purple lit trees, and the bigger spheres enrobed in white and blue lights were simply mesmerizing. The twinkling lights tunnel towards the end of our stroll was just stunning and definitely Instagram worthy. And as an added bonus, you’re greeted with falling snow after exiting the tunnel. The water show was also a fantastic sight, and the tree with cascading green lights was gorgeous. And this 2017/2018 season promises to be even more merry and bright. Get into the yuletide spirit and purchase your tickets now.


The zoo is closed Nov. 23, Dec. 24, and Dec. 25. Admission to L.A. Zoo Lights is separate from daytime general zoo admission. There is a convenience fee of $1.05 per ticket when purchased online. Check Groupon or Goldstar for discounted tickets. Zoo Lights takes place nightly from 6pm to 10pm.

November 17 – January 7, 2018
Adults (13+): $18
Children (2 – 12): $14
Younger than 2: Free

January 2 – 8
Adults (13+): $14
Children (2 – 12): $11
Younger than 2: Free

Parking is free, but you may find yourself driving around a while to find a spot.

Food is available for purchase at several eateries throughout the zoo. There are also vendors selling snack items such as hot cocoa, warm churros, freshly popped kettle corn, and roasted nuts. For the adults, alcoholic bevys are sold at some of the cafes and I also noticed a separate cocktail stand. Sadly, when we went to eat at Zoo Grill at approximately 8pm, the selection of kids’ meals was thin since they had run out of a few items.


  • Even in Los Angeles, it can get chilly out at night in the wintertime, so be sure to dress warmly.
  • Feel free to bring strollers or wagons for the little ones. But if you happen to forget yours, strollers are available for rent on a first come first served basis.
  • This event occurs rain or shine.
  • More FAQs can be found here.

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4200

LA Zoo Lights

LA Zoo Lights -

LA Zoo Lights -

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Originally published: December 28, 2016
Updated: November 12, 2017

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