More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the National Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!
From 5:00pm until 9:00pm
At Smithsonian National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008
FreeJoin 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 through the Zoo on a trackless train that whisks guests all around the Great Cats exhibit and features gorgeous views of the Zoo's holiday light displays. - Snow-less Tubing: take the plunge down one of our 150-foot-long tracks—no snow necessary! (weather permitting) - Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel: hop on to your choice of 58 animal figurines, as the carousel highlights the Zoo's incredible research and success stories. As one of the few carousels in the world powered by solar energy, thanks to a generous donation by Pepco Energy Services, the carousel is a new spin on conservation. Ride Tickets are available for purchase at the Zoo for $3 each; 1 ride per ticket. Family Packs are available for purchase online or at the Zoo for $20 for 8 tickets; 1 ride per ticket.