Washington, D.C. is known for its rich history, iconic landmarks, and vibrant cultural scene. During the holiday season, the city transforms into a winter wonderland, with festive lights and events that capture the spirit of the season. One such enchanting experience is the annual ZooLights at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
New 2023 Zoolights Admission Details and Schedule:
This year, the magic of ZooLights comes with a small admission fee of $6 per person, making it an affordable and unforgettable experience for all. Additionally, visitors have the option to pre-purchase parking online for a flat rate of $30, ensuring a hassle-free arrival at this winter wonderland.
ZooLights is open on specific dates throughout the holiday season, offering multiple opportunities to immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere:
Week 1 | Nov. 24, 25, 26 | Friday to Sunday
Week 2 | Dec. 1, 2, 3 | Friday to Sunday
Week 3 | Dec. 8, 9, 10 | Friday to Sunday
Week 4 | Dec. 15, 16, 17 | Friday to Sunday
Week 5 | Dec. 21, 22, 23 | Thursday to Saturday
Week 6 | Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Tuesday to Saturday
It's important to note that while ZooLights offers a magical winter experience, it does not feature the Zoo's live animals during the event. All indoor animal exhibits will be closed to allow the animals to get a full night's rest. The last admittance to ZooLights is at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 7:30 p.m. on Sundays.
A Winter Wonderland at the National Zoo:
As the sun sets and the night sky takes over, the National Zoo comes alive with millions of twinkling lights, turning it into a magical winter wonderland. ZooLights, now in its 15th year, will take thousands of visitors into a mesmerizing world lit by more than half a million environmentally-friendly LED lights and illuminations.
Visitors can stroll through immersive lantern displays showcasing various habitats, including rainforests, grasslands, deserts, oceans, and polar regions. These displays vividly depict the animals that call these habitats home, providing an educational and visually stunning experience for attendees.
Dazzling Displays and Immersive Experience:
The ZooLights experience goes beyond dazzling displays. It offers a range of activities for all ages, including live musical performances that add a festive soundtrack to the winter night. Delicious treat offerings are available to warm up visitors, and opportunities for holiday shopping add an extra layer of enjoyment to this special event.
Conservation at the Core:
Beyond the festive lights and holiday cheer, ZooLights at the National Zoo also aims to raise awareness about wildlife conservation. The event highlights the zoo's commitment to protecting endangered species and preserving natural habitats, reminding visitors of the importance of caring for our planet and its inhabitants.
ZooLights is a must-visit for families, nature enthusiasts, and anyone looking to add a touch of magic to their holiday season. Plan your visit on the designated dates, bundle up, bring your loved ones, and immerse yourself in the magic of ZooLights at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.