ZooLights is at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) through Jan. 1 from 5-9 p.m. each night.
Half-a-million LED lights will illuminate the zoo. Indoor animal exhibits will be closed so animals can sleep. Guests are welcome to visit the Zoo’s Visitor Center, Panda Plaza Gift Shop, Mane Grill and Great Cats Gift Shop.
This year two new areas have been added. The Gingerbread Village features cookies, lollipops, giant gingerbread people cut-outs and a gingerbread throne for attendees to snap photos. There will be a laser-light show outside the Elephant Community Center where visitors can also hop on board the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Choo-Choo which will transport guests around the Kids’ Farm.
This year also features the Reindeer Games Fun Zone which includes a holiday-themed obstacle course and illuminated rides. Live music or a dance performance will take place every night in the Great Meadow. Guests can also snack on winter treats and sip on coffee or a selection of seasonal spirits. The Conservation Pavilion Patio will also have six fire pits for attendees to roast s’mores or pick up cotton candy on a glowing stick.
Admission is free. For more details, visit nationalzoo.si.edu/events/