LA Zoo Lights Return for the Holidays Starting on Nov. 18

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LA Zoo Lights is a whimsical way to enjoy the holiday season in the city of angels, and it’s back starting on Nov. 18.

The program, now in its third year, invites visitors to enter the zoo after-hours for an hour-plus stroll showcasing animal-themed LEDs, lasers, 3D projections, and animated displays.


Highlights for the 2016 edition include:

  • New features include interactive photo ops, a “black light party” within The LAIR reptile house, and a reimagined water show.
  • Pics with Santa Claus (on select dates)
  • Meet the LA Zoo’s live reindeer family.
  • Warm up with hot cocoa and other holiday treats.
  • Free parking

If you plan to attend this year, a few details:

The LA Zoo Lights program begins nightly at 6 p.m. on Nov. 18 and runs nightly through Jan. 8.

Tickets purchased online are $9 during early bird date from Nov. 18-23, Nov. 28-30, and Dec. 1.  If you opt to purchase at the box office during these same dates then prices are $14 for adults and $11 for Children (2-12). Regular pricing continues on: Dec 5-8, Dec 12-15, Jan 2-8

On select ‘premium dates’ adult tickets prices jump to $18 with child admission $14, and GLAZA Members at $14. Premium dates are Nov 25-27, Dec 2-4, Dec 9-11, Dec 16- Jan 1.

Keep in mind our friends at Goldstar (affiliate) have discount ticket offers on select dates for this event, so be sure to shop and compare before you purchase.

LA Zoo Lights
Image via LA Zoo

Additionally, the LA Zoo will be offering a special Holiday Happy Hour on Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 featuring gourmet hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and specialty holiday cocktails. These happy hour events are 21+ only. Tickets start at $75.

Keep in mind the only live animals available for view will be the aforementioned reindeer. All other animals will be snoozing in their enclosures for the duration of the nightly events.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit



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