Sunday, December 9, 2012

Oregon ZooLights - Everyone All Aboard!

Bundling excited kids, nibbling on mouth-watering fudge, and feeling the cool, crisp air reminds my family of one thing: Oregon ZooLights!

Ringing in their 25th Anniversary, the Oregon Zoo transformed their grounds with over a million LED lights into a magical winter wonderland. While we visited the Oregon ZooLights a few years ago, we were absolutely blown away by the gigantic light displays everywhere you turn. I truly felt like a kid again pointing and oohing around every corner. Here is my family's experience:


The Oregon ZooLights is an event for everyone. I recommend bundling for cold weather, bringing a stroller for little ones, and arriving early to find best parking and permit a casual walk through the ZooLights. Find more great information and frequently asked questions here.

ZooLights Schedule
Sunday-Thursday hours: ZooLights gates are open from 5-8 p.m. Guests may stay on grounds until 9 p.m.

Friday-Saturday hours: ZooLights gates are open from 5-8:30 p.m. Guests may stay on grounds until 9:30 p.m.

Train: Train will begin running around 5:15 p.m.

Dark: There will be no ZooLights on Monday, Dec. 24. The Zoo is closed on Tuesday, Dec. 25.

ZooLights Special Offers
Second Tuesday, Dec. 11
  • Enjoy the zoo during the day for only $4 per person (until 4 p.m.)
  • Enjoy ZooLights (after 4 p.m.) with a buy-one-get-one special
  • Second ticket must be equal or lesser value
  • Not valid with any other discounts or promotions
TriMet Discounts
  • From Nov. 23 - Dec. 13, receive a $1.50 discount by showing a proof of Trimet ridership
  • From Dec. 14 - Dec. 31, receive a $3 discount by showing a proof of Trimet ridership
Food Specials
  • 2 hot chocolates + 2 giant chocolate chip cookies OR 2 crispy marshmallow bars for $9
  • At the Cascade Grill or AfriCafe: for each adult entrĂ©e purchased (valued at $5.95 or greater) receive $3.50 off one kid's meal from our kid menu. Valid Nov. 26 through Dec. 31, 2012, not valid with any other discounts or special offers
ZooLights Admission

Package (admission & Train)
Admission only
Train price if package not purchased
Adults (12-64)
Seniors (65 +)
Children (3-11)
Infant (2 & under)
Zoo members at Plus levels and above receive free admission to ZooLights and a 50 cent discount on the train ride.
Groups of 20 or more get a 20% discount. Reservations are not required. Find more special offers.
Transit discount
$1.50 on admission (proof of MAX/ bus fare required). Find more special offers.


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