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Sixth Annual L.A. Zoo Lights Returns November 15 With The World’s Largest Illuminated Pop-up Storybook And More Light-up Animals Than Ever Before

Tickets On Sale Now for 2019 L.A. Zoo Lights, Running Nightly Nov 15, 2019 Thru Jan 5, 2020; Featuring Stunning New Innovations and Festive Returning Favorites for the Whole Family

An annual tradition for holiday-loving Angelenos, L.A. Zoo Lights is proud to invite the Los Angeles community to explore a wild wonderland of light, under the stars at the beautiful L.A. Zoo located in world-famous Griffith Park. Zoo Lights guests can enjoy seasonal treats and visits with Santa for an exciting and festive family-friendly experience every night throughout the entire holiday season.

Beginning Friday, November 15, guests may enjoy new features for the 2019/20 season, including the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, more light animals than ever before, beautiful hand-crafted Chinese silk lanterns, and a high-tech interactive display where dancing lights respond to guests’ voices.

Every evening from Nov 15 – Jan 5, Zoo grounds will transform into a holiday wonderland with a disco ball forest, whimsical 3-D animations, a water-laser show and much more. Guests will be greeted at the Zoo entrance with a stunning 90-foot-long shimmering wall of lights featuring wintery snowflake displays set to music. Zoo Lights’ popular Twinkle Tunnel has been expanded, upgraded and is now more Instagramable than ever. These enhancements will create an immersive “Tunnel of Lights” vibe within the massive 225 foot-long structure.

L.A. Zoo 2019 Highlights:

  • New! World’s Largest Illuminated Pop-Up Book – created exclusively for the L.A. Zoo.
  • Capture holiday memories in a photo with Santa Claus in a charming new setting on select dates (see below.)
  • Warm up with hot cocoa and other holiday treats available for purchase.
  • Become part of the show with glowing merchandise available for purchase.
  • Park for free every night.


L.A. Zoo Lights is a self-guided 60-to-90 minute stroll through a large area of the Zoo featuring wildlife-inspired displays, dynamic lights and projections, immersive interactive experiences, fabulous photo ops, and seasonal magic like giant glowing animals. Plus holiday treats, food and visits with Santa all season long.


Nightly from November 15, 2019 – January 5, 2020 from 6-10 p.m.

(Closed Nov 28, Dec 24, and Dec 25)

Two Entrance Times at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on select dates only. The second entry time is on premium nights. Dates: Nov 29-Dec 1, Dec 6-8, Dec 13-Jan 5


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


Visit LAZooLights.org for more details.


Tickets are on sale now.

Online Ticket Prices
Preview Nights
Adults (13+) and Children (2-12) $12.00

Value Nights
Adults (13+) $14.95 and Children (2-12) $11.95

Premium Nights
Adults (13+) $21.95 and Children (2-12) $16.95

L.A. Zoo Members


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Santa Claus will be available for photos from 6 – 9:30 p.m. on the following selected dates through December 23rd:

November 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16-23

Please note that photos with Santa require an additional fee and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices vary by package. More info at LAZooLights.org/Santa.


Holiday Happy Hour, $75

Includes express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights and access to a private lounge with gourmet hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and a signature cocktail. 21+

Dates: Thursday, December 5: Polar Pajama Party; Thursday, December 19: Totally Tubular Tidings

L.A. Zoo Lights Overnight Adventure, $85

Includes a guided tour of L.A. Zoo Lights, meals (dinner, snack, and continental breakfast), indoor overnight “camping,” a beastly bedtime story, morning animal encounters, and more.

Dates: November 16/17, November 23/24, December 7/8, December 14/15, January 4/5

Family New Year’s Eve, Adults $70 (13+) and Children (2-12) $45

Includes express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights, buffet dinner with dessert, dancing, live broadcast of the Times Square ball drop, and more.  All ages.

Date: Tuesday, December 31

Learn more about Zoo Lights VIP Experiences at: LAZooLights.org/VIP