The holiday season is about to get a lot brighter. Friends of the National Zoo just announced a special “gift to the city”: This year’s ZooLights will be free! Starting December 3, the public is invited to enjoy the light spectacle that is easily one of DC’s best holiday traditions.
If you’re not familiar with ZooLights, here’s what you can expect: Every year, thousands of environmentally-friendly light and animal exhibits transform the Zoo into a holiday wonderland. The highlights are dozens of animal light displays, including a new display this year featuring Andean bears. Guests can also enjoy entertainment and a special train ride for children, special talks by animal keepers, Zoo-themed model trains displays, and the gingerbread habitat contest entries on display in the auditorium. The Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, Reptile Discovery Center, Think Tank, and Kids’ Farm will be open every night.
ZooLights will be open 6 – 8:30pm on Friday and Saturday evenings from December 3 – December 12, then every evening from December 17 – January 1 (except December 24, 25, and 31). A flat rate will be charged for parking starting at 6 p.m. on ZooLights nights. Parking rates are $8/FONZ members, $15 Nonmembers. The nearest Metro station is Woodley Park on the Red line.