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Oakland Zoo Lights

Dec. 4, 2009 - Jan. 3, 2010


Oakland, Calif.--Oakland Zoo Lights is an annual holiday event held each December in which the animals sleep, but the humans get to see hundreds of illuminating holiday lights on a walk path. Unlike the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Drive-thru, or the Del Mar Fair's holiday lights show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, this event is an enjoyable, healthy stroll with no car traffic, so you can take your time and take photos. 

ZooLights 2009 at Oakland Zoo
Plug into ZooLights 2009
Friday - Sunday: 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Location: 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, CA

Admission Prices: $7.50 Adult; $5.50 child.
Call: (510) 632-9525. oaklandzoo.org

On December 4, 2009, the sun will go down and ZooLights will turn on at the Oakland Zoo. This is a family-friendly event without the hustle and bustle – more of a relaxing way to take in the holiday season. It’s one thing to see photos of the event and it’s another to actually take in the festival of lights for yourself!

During the evenings in December the Oakland Zoo literally transforms into a holiday wonderland. Hundreds of LED lights illuminate the night sky, taking on the shapes of animals, candy canes, lollipops, and, of course, Santa Claus! As you walk along the night paths of the Zoo, brightly-colored lights and festive music fill the air. The holiday spirit surrounds you and is a gentle reminder of what this season is all about.

So, bundle up with a warm scarf, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and tap your toes to familiar holiday tunes while watching the ZooLights meadow show. Then, add a little jingle to your step as you mingle through Santa’s Village and into a fantasyland of giant toy soldiers and gingerbread men. Wrap up the evening with a train ride on the Snowball Express. You’ll experience this holiday tradition while seeing breathtaking views of the Bay Area. ZooLights is an annual festival of lights you don’t want to miss!



Other Oakland holiday events include the Jack London Square Tree Lighting.





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