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Zoolights at the National Zoo

November 24, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until January 1, 2018


Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!


Thaw your paws in the animal exhibit buildings and see the nocturnal critters! The Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center and Think Tank are open every night.

Rides and attractions include:

  • The Smithsonian’s National Zoo Choo-Choo: take a merry tour on a trackless train that whisks guests around the Great Cats exhibit and features gorgeous views of the holiday light displays.
  • Snow-less Tubing: take the plunge down one of the 150-foot-long tracks—no snow necessary!
  • Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel: hop on to your choice of 50 animal figurines, as the carousel highlights the Zoo’s incredible research and success stories.

*Please note, all ZooLights attractions are weather permitting. Attractions may not be open during times when temperatures are below 36 degrees.

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