Getting to Oregon Zoo's ZooLights

Nov. 22, 2020 to Jan. 10, 2021

It wouldn't be the holidays in Portland without a visit to ZooLights, and this year, there's a new way to illuminate the season! A new drive-through experience lets visitors enjoy a dazzling display of 1.5 million lights from their cars.


Advanced, timed-ticketing is required.

How the Drive-Through Experience Works

Explore ZooLights in a whole new way! Drive through the zoo and experience behind-the-scenes areas including the outside of Elephant Lands as well as immersive tunnels of lights and whimsical displays. Each drive-through will be approximately 30-40 minutes. 

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Drive-Through Check-In 

When you arrive at the zoo, you'll join a queue to check-in curbside, then proceed to the drive-through entrance. 

  • Check in north of Lot C

  • Drivers must wear a mask during check-in

  • Have your tickets ready to scan at your car window

  • Members: please have ID with your tickets

Directions to Check-In 

From Highway 26

  • Take Exit 72 and continue right onto SW Canyon Road

  • As you approach the park, stay left and follow signs to remain on SW Canyon Road

  • From SW Canyon Road, turn right at the North Entrance of Parking Lot C

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Vehicle Requirements

  • Vehicle size must be no larger than a full-size long bed truck. Maximum vehicle sizes are the following: 10' tall, 8.5' wide and 18.75' long

  • Vehicles with loud exhaust or engine modifications will NOT be permitted entry

  • No chains or studded tires

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COVID-19 Safety Measures

The Oregon Zoo is committed to helping keep the community healthy and safe. 

  • Face masks are required for everyone 5 years and older while visiting Oregon Zoo.

  • Zoo visitors need not wear a face-covering while observing the lights from their personal vehicle.  Zoo visitors must wear a face-covering while interacting with staff or if outside vehicle for any reason.  

  • Zoo guidelines and policies are subject to change as new information becomes available. We recommend that you check for updates before your visit.

Learn more about Oregon Zoo's COVID precautions