Celebrate the Holidays at Zoolights

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).

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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.

For more information, visit the Friends of the National Zoo website.

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Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Holiday PhotoFollow the guidelines below to keep your home, family and guests safe this holiday season.

  • Select decorations made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant or non-combustible materials.
  • Inspect electrical decorations before using them and replace any that are damaged.
  • Keep trees (both live and synthetic) at least 3 feet from heating sources – especially fireplaces.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Never use more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
  • Consider using LED lights, which use less energy than incandescent bulbs and emit less heat, making them safer to touch and to use on trees.
  • Keep all extension cords and light strings clear of snow and standing water.
  • If using a ladder to decorate, carry it parallel to the ground to prevent it coming into contact with power lines, and keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet from lines.
  • Turn off all decorations before going to bed or leaving your home.