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The words "Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute ZooLights" in decorative font with 4-pointed stars around it

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Friday, November 25, 2022 to Friday, December 30, 2022 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (last admittance 8:30 p.m.)
  • The entrance to the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Zoolights event with trees lit up in red, green, yellow and blue and a lit sign that says "Zoolights"
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The colorful glow of Washington, D.C.’s beloved Smithsonian’s National Zoo holiday tradition is back for 2022!

Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free, ticketed, event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland!  

WEEK 1 | Nov. 25, 26, 27 | Friday to Sunday

WEEK 2 | Dec. 2, 3, 4 | Friday to Sunday

WEEK 3 | Dec. 9, 10, 11 | Friday to Sunday

WEEK 4 & 5 | Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 | Friday to Friday

WEEK 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Monday to Friday

Please note: ZooLights does not feature the Zoo’s animals. All indoor animal exhibits will be closed to allow animals to get a full night’s rest. Last admittance to ZooLights is at 8:30 p.m.