Zoo Lights


Nightly, December 19 to 30 (dark on Dec. 24 and 25)
5:00 to 8:00 pm

'Tis the season to enjoy the San Francisco Zoo at night under magical holiday lights! Come take a moonlight meander through the Zoo* as it sparkles with cheer: Make your way from Entry Village Plaza to the Elinor Friend Playground for some magical playtime under the stars. Through December 23, shop at the Holiday Marketplace to find one-of-a-kind gifts for the loved ones on your list, then head over to sit with Santa Claus, and sip hot apple cider and cocoa. Don't forget to pay a visit to his special reindeer Belle, Holly, Peppermint and Velvet; they’ll be on the Playfield Lawn near the snow. Snow? Yes, it will be snowing at Zoo Lights, bundle up! You can also ride the historic Dentzel Carousel, dance the night away at our Silent Disco, enjoy live entertainment, win prizes at the Holiday Midway Games, and indulge in delicious treats at a festive array of Food Trucks. 

Come for the day, stay for the lights!  

*Many of animals will be in for the evening and will not be accessible. Last daily Zoo admission is at 3:30 and guests must exit the zoo grounds at 4:00 pm. Admission for Zoo Lights will begin at 5:00 pm.