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).


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.


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.