ZooLights at Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Head over to the National Zoo in DC to see the ZooLights!

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Thousands of visitors are heading to the National Zoo to see this year's holiday ZooLights event. ZooLights will be open Friday, Dec. 23 and will reopen after the holiday weekend from Monday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 30. Ticket information is as follows [taken from the National Zoo website.]

New this year: Admission to ZooLights is free, but a special entry pass separate from a daily Zoo pass will be required for all attendees, including Zoo Members. There is a flat-rate parking fee of $30. Daytime parking tickets are not valid for ZooLights parking.

Passes Released on a rolling schedule: ZooLights free entry passes and paid parking passes will be available on a rolling basis two weeks prior to the event night. Additional passes will be released one week out from the event, the day before, and the day of the event. Ticket release timing is as follows:

2 weeks out | released at midnight

1 week out | released at midnight

Day before |released at midnight

Day of | released at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information about registering for free ZooLights tickets, please visit the National Zoo website by clicking Explore Here!

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