Zoo Lights


Nightly December 20 to 30 (dark on Dec. 24 and 25)
4:30 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 newly renovated 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 the Event Tent 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! Feel like dancing? On Saturday nights in December, we'll feature Noc'tails Silent Disco ($5 additional charge). You can also ride the historic Dentzel Carousel, enjoy live entertainment, win prizes at the Holiday Midway Games, and hum along with holiday cheer as you stroll through Big Bugs: Outside the Box and Komodo Alley during this wonderful event. Come for the day, stay for the lights!  

Note: 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 4pm. Admission for Zoo Lights will begin at 4:30pm.


Entry fees: 
Guardian Members: Free (Free Noc'tails headset)

Members: Free ($5 additional charge for Noc'tails headset)
Nonmember entry after 4:00 pm:
  • Admission: $7.50 
  • Kids 3 and under: Free
Zoo Lot Parking: 
  • $8 on Friday 
  • $10 on Saturday
  • Free parking available on Sloat Blvd.