Zoo Lights Preview


December 6 and 7
Extended hours: 4:00 to 6:00 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. From Entry Village 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. You can also ride the historic Dentzel Carousel, enjoy live entertainment 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!

Entry fees: 
Guardian Members: Free (Free Noc'tails headset)
Members: Free ($5 additional charge for Noc'tails headset)
Nonmembers: Free with paid same-day Zoo admission 
Nonmember entry after 4:00 pm:
  • Admission: $5 (Free Noc'tails headset)
  • Kids 3 and under: Free
Zoo Lot Parking: 
  • $8 on Friday 
  • $10 on Saturday
  • Free parking available on Sloat Blvd.