Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



ZooLights entrance

Thanks to our lead sponsor:


$62.53 million raised; 78.2% of $80 million goal

grapes with the apes


5-9 p.m.

NOVEMBER 23-25, 30

DECEMBER 1-2, 7-9, 14-23, 26-30


Food and Drink at ZooLights

Visitor Center

Hot beverages:

  • Cocoa with marshmallows and/or whipped cream
  • Apple cider
  • Egg nog
  • Pumpkin spice latte
  • Assorted teas
  • Guests may add a shot of the following to any beverage (proof of valid drinking age required):
    Peppermint schnapps, dark rum, kahlua, butterscotch schnapps, or brandy

From the Pantry

  • Yule log
  • Scones
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Pumpkin tarts
  • Pecan pie
  • Lemon bar

Throughout the Park

We will have carts open along Olmstead Walk near the following locations:

  • Panda Plaza: Hotdogs
  • Reptile Discovery Center: Hot cocoa and cider
  • Parking Lot B: Hot cocoa and cider

Mane Grill

We will offer our regular menu along with:

  • Hot cocoa and cider
  • Chili, soup, and baked potatoes with toppings
  • Hot roast beef with homemade gravy, mashed potatoes, and vegetables