Friday, 23 December 2016

ZooLights Shines During Opening Weekend at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens

Nearly 7,000 people visited San Francisco Zoo & Gardens for its annual ZooLights event during opening weekend, December 16-18. The family-friendly holiday experience with bright lights, live music, food and drinks, Santa Claus and more runs from 5:00-8:00 pm nightly through December 30, with the exception of December 24 & 25.

This year’s program includes two main attractions - Reindeer Village and Winter Wonderland. Reindeer Village, located near the Playground, features live reindeer, snow flurries, and the Elinor Friend Playground. Winter Wonderland is located near the Lion Fountain and showcases the Holiday Marketplace with local vendors as well as food, drinks and live musical entertainment. Santa’s Workshop is nearby in the Lion House, where kids can take a picture with Santa Claus at no charge.

Attendees can take a ride on the Little Puffer Steam Train and Dentzel Carousel. Animals like giraffes, penguins and sifakas are visible at their exhibits.

“This is a wonderful event for the entire community as well as our nearly 25,000 members!” said San Francisco Zoo’s VP of Marketing Steven Haines. “This year, we changed the footprint of ZooLights to celebrate the majestic core of the Zoo itself and the feedback has been incredibly positive. We hope people enjoy this festive and unique experience with their family and friends this holiday season.”

There is no admission charge for San Francisco Zoo & Gardens Members and Guardians. Tickets range from $6 for kids 4-14 years to $8 for adults. There is no charge for children 3 years and younger. Parking is $10.

Zoo Lights is closed Dec. 24 & 25 and Santa goes back to the North Pole after Christmas.

About San Francisco Zoo & Gardens

Established in 1929, San Francisco Zoo & Gardens connects people to wildlife, inspires caring for nature and advances conservation action. An urban oasis, the Zoo & Gardens are home to more than 2,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species as well as seven distinct gardens full of native and unusual plants. Located at the edge of the Pacific Ocean where the Great Highway meets Sloat Boulevard, the Zoo is open 365 days a year from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is accessible by San Francisco MUNI "L" Taraval Line. Learn more about San Francisco Zoo & Gardens at

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