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ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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  • Some lighting displays are larger than life. - ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
  • Walking through a tunnel of light, it's hard not to stop and take a photo every couple of steps- ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
  • Whimsical creations at the Oregon Zoo.- ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
  • One of the many festive signs leading you toward some hot drinks.- ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
  • Most of the animals might be asleep, but these light displays are just as cool as the real thing. - ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
  • This train might not carry any passengers, but there are two festive trains that will.- ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
  • Some of the animals seem like they can come right at you. - ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
  • What's better than a carousel? How about a moving carousel with light up animals to get you into the holiday spirit?- ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
  • The ZooLights have more light animals on display than they do during the day; how many can you spot? - ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
  • Though it might get crowded, this long light tunnel has plenty of spaces to move over and get a selfie. - ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Family friendly. Seasonal. Beautiful lights. Two adult only Brew Light Days.
Cons: 
Crowds. Pricing. No pets. Weather exposure.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
November 21 to January 05
Parking Pass: 
Private or commercial fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

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At the Oregon Zoo in Portland, they take holiday lighting to the next level. Bring family, friends, or just yourself as you walk though and enjoy the zoo after hours and watch it come to life with acres of lighting displays. It might be a little chilly, but they have hot drinks to warm you up. Or, if you attend an adult-only night, they have something harder than coco to keep you toasty. With music, food, and lights all around, how could you not get into the holiday spirit this season?

Most of the animals will be all tucked away for the night, but that doesn't mean you won't see any. If you get there early enough, you can see the elephants inside getting some pre-bedtime snacks, or you can see the bats starting their day. But this season there are new animals on display to admire, and they are made of light. Scattered all around the zoo are hundreds of breathtaking light up animals that you can try to find. From cute little sea slugs to a fire-breathing dragon, they have a creature everyone will enjoy! 

With great lighting comes great selfies, and the Oregon Zoo has places just for that. From beautiful backdrops to long tunnels of lights, there's a spot for you to get that perfect shot. Though you might have to wait your turn. 

If you get tired but still want to look at the lights, hop on a train. The zoo's trains are decked out for the holidays along with some special lighting displays you can only experience upclose during your ride. If trains don't fit your fancy, there is a carousel for people of any age to enjoy. 

If you chose to drive to the zoo, there is a huge parking lot to find a spot, but the zoo offers discounts to admission if you take public transportation. This way you avoid traffic, parking, and enjoy a discount.

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