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ZooLights Express

powered by Pepco

ZooLights Express — powered by Pepco — brings the colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition into the community.

ZooLights will not be held on-site at the Zoo this year. Instead, the 24-foot ZooLights Express truck, festively decorated with light displays and featuring “Panda Claws,” will hit the road Nov. 27 to Dec. 19 and visit one Washington, D.C., ward each Friday and Saturday night from 6-8 p.m.

ZooLights Express will take place rain or shine.

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