Celebrate the holiday season with us at ZooLights at the National Zoo. ZooLights is open from 5 to 9 p.m. every night through January 1 (closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve).
Board the National Zoo Choo-Choo train and see thousands of environmentally friendly lights illuminating trees, walkways, buildings and animated animal silhouettes while sipping on some hot chocolate. Tube down the 150-foot track on the Lion-Tiger Hill or ride the solar powered Conservation Carousel. You can also visit your favorite nocturnal animals – the Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, Reptile Discovery Center, and Think Tank are all open to the public.