Insider Tips for ZooLights

Save money and beat the crowds

Know when to go

Visit Monday - Thursday the first two weeks of December to avoid the holiday crowds. 

If coming on a weekend or the last two weeks of December, get to the zoo before 3:30 pm or after 7:00 pm. 


Don't mind the rain? Bundle up and take a northwest stroll through the lights and avoid the crowds. Hot chocolate's available!


Save $5 off regular admission on Value Nights: Monday - Thursday from December 2nd - December 12th.  

Get $1.50 off regular ZooLights admission by taking TriMet and showing proof of ridership. 

Save money


TriMet's Blue and Red MAX line stop at Washington Park - right in front of the zoo entrance! 


Park at one of TriMet's Park and Rides and hop on the train! Sunset Transit Center is one stop west of the park and has parking available after 4 pm. 

Take the MAX


Buy your tickets on-line and print at-home or show them on your mobile device.  Pass the lines at the ticket gate and go straight to the entrance of ZooLights. 

Get $2.00 off regular ZooLights admission by purchasing tickets online and skipping the line.

Avoid ticket lines

Come to BrewLights on November 22 or 23 to enjoy ZooLights with a 21 and over crowd. Enjoy beer tastings and food. Take Uber/Lyft or TriMet for a safe night. 

BrewLights is exclusive to 21+ with a valid ID and ticket. 

Enjoy the lights without the kids