FONZ Member Week
FONZ members enjoy a full week of exclusive perks at ZooLights, from December 4 through 10 including a set of coupons for tubing, train, and carousel rides. Plus, FREE parking*, an extra 5% discount on Zoo store purchases, and Bei Bei glow in the dark wristbands.
* Members must present their membership card and matching photo ID to redeem parking, gift shop discounts, coupon pack and wristbands. Coupons and wristbands are available at any guest services information booth. Wrist bands are available while supplies last; up to 4 per membership account. All offers are only applicable December 4-10.
FONZ Members-only Lounge
Every Saturday night of ZooLights (November 28, December 5, 12, 19, 26) the Elephant Community Center will be transformed into The Warm Up and Chill Out Lounge. Inside this exclusive space, FONZ members will enjoy complimentary drinks and themed goodies.
Please note: your FONZ membership card and matching photo ID are required for admission.
BrewLights: Thursday, December 3, 5-9 p.m.
Introducing our hoppiest holiday event yet, BrewLights. BrewLights will take place during ZooLights, Powered by Pepco, as a ticketed microbrew and craft beer event. Guests will enjoy beer tastings from a dozen breweries as well as sample savory foods from top DC restaurants all under the bright lights of DC's favorite holiday tradition. All proceeds support the critical work of the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute – including species preservation and animal care.
This event is for guests 21 and over. No children or babies are permitted into the event areas.
Beers on Tap:
- Adroit Theory Brewing
- Blue Moon Brewing Company
- Brothers Craft Brewing
- Brooklyn Brewery
- Denizens Brewing Co
- Great Lakes Brewing Company
- "Fatti" by Stelzer
- Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
- Hellbender Brewing Company
- Jailbreak Brewing Company
- Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
- Starr Hill Brewery
- Brookland Pint
- Meridian Pint
- Rural Society: Argentine Steakhouse
- Smoke & Barrel
- Ted's Bulletin
Date Night: Thursday, December 10
Thousands of people have told us that ZooLights offers the most romantic and memorable date night of the year so we developed a special evening of fun with even greater couples-only benefits! Couples will be able to enjoy all that ZooLights has to offer—the spectacular lights, the holiday décor, and the festive atmosphere—with an added layer of exclusivity and Date-Night-only benefits.
Date Night guests will mingle in a private, VIP reception area at the Elephant House, with exclusive elephant viewing. In addition, guests will enjoy a wine, craft beer, hot chocolate, hors d'oeuvres, and a chocolate bar. Zoo interpreters will be onsite to talk about some of the unique animal mating rituals that take place at the Zoo!
Guests will also receive passes to enjoy a spin on the carousel, a ride down the snow tubing tracks, and a complimentary photo in the "Kissing Booth." Tickets will be on sale soon exclusively through LivingSocial.
Thank you to our generous donors:
- Barefoot Wine
- Edward Marc Chocolatier
- Giant Food
- Heritage Brewing Co.
- Hot Pink Photo Booth
- Max Brenner
Military Night: Friday, December 11
Show your valid military ID and military families will receive free hot chocolate, cookies, a special photo op with Panda Claws at the USO Mobile Station (located at the Elephant Community Center), as well as a two free Zoo tubing passes per family. Also, military families will receive 10% off at all Zoo gift shops.