Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!
NEW FOR 2017:
Glow Zone | Every night: A free, glow-in-the-dark play zone for children features light-up LED games and activities located in the Zoo's Great Meadow.
GRUMP Holiday Market| Dec. 15 to 17, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: A European-style outdoor market featuring local artisans, will be located at the Zoo’s Connecticut Avenue entrance Dec. 15, 16 and 17. This alternative art and crafts holiday show features gifts for all ages, from handmade clothing, jewelry and books to home accessories, including prints, upcycled decorative pillows, glass art and more.
CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Mobile Art Gallery | Every night: Visit Washington, D.C.’s first mobile art gallery! CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Arts initiative presents cutting-edge artwork by emerging local artists in a portable shipping container that is traveling across the city to activate unconventional venues and connect local communities to groundbreaking works. At the Zoo, artist Maggie Gourlay has created an immersive art experience, called Adaptation/Migration in the Anthropocene, located across from the Zoo’s Cheetah Conservation Station on Olmsted Walk.
Visitors: Please note that the Visitor Center auditorium is closed for renovations, so there will be no model train display, Legos or gingerbread habitat competition this year.
Please note: ZooLights remains free and open to the public even during special event nights!