Holiday Lights: Celebrate at the Los Angeles Zoo


I loved LA ZOO Lights! There are electric light animals, reindeer and hot chocolate! Next year, I want to go on the weekend and hear the live music. You can visit until Jan 3 and keep your holiday celebrations going. Maybe make one of your 2016 resolutions to see more of Los Angeles come true right away! Enjoy! Lisa

Loving the #lights @thelosangeleszoo #lazoolights Enjoy until Jan 3 #zoo #holidayseason

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Incredible #lights and #reflection @thelosangeleszoo #zoo #christmas #display #holidays

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la zoo lightsCelebrate at LA ZOO Lights: “L.A.’s brightest holiday tradition shines more brilliantly than ever! Stroll through an expanded area of the Zoo that is transformed into a fantastical wonderland populated by glowing light animals and a trove of dazzling additions over last year, such as a decked-out L.A.I.R. and a dramatic display combining light, water and music. View real reindeer and enjoy holiday treats and goodies, all under the stars.

  • Explore an expanded footprint with all-new animal-themed LED lights, lasers, 3D projections, and spectacular new water, light and music display
  • Visit with reindeer in an apline village setting
  • Warm up with hot cocoa and other holiday treats
  • Get into the spirit of the season with glittering, glowing merchandise available for purchase
  • Plus, enjoy free parking!

This is a rain-or-shine event. No rain checks will be issued.

Since L.A. Zoo Lights is a special evening event, the only animals on display will be the reindeer at Reindeer Romp Village and the critters within the L.A.I.R. The rest of the Zoo’s animals will be off exhibit and snug in their beds. (Note: Electric animals will be present.)


Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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