Oregon Zoo lights up for holidays

<p>Penguins in lights reflect in a fountain during ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo. The traditional holiday light display begins Friday, Nov. 29 and runs through Jan. 5 at the zoo in Portland.</p>

The Oregon Zoo invites visitors to brighten their holiday nights at ZooLights, where sparkling lights and brilliant colors transform the zoo into a winter wonderland.

The traditional holiday light show begins Friday, Nov. 29, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 5. The zoo is located near downtown Portland, just off Highway 26.

This year’s ZooLights allows visitors to move in a continuous loop around the zoo through areas that haven’t been lit up before. One spectacular new section through the zoo’s Africa Rainforest features a twisting 100-foot-long rainbow-colored tunnel of light. 

 The display also includes life-sized 3-D animals gathered on the zoo’s concert lawn, which transforms into meandering river of light. Hippos graze near the water while crocodiles lie in wait. Other returning favorites include leaping reindeer, trumpeting elephants, playful penguins and tobogganing polar bears. Nearly 1.5 million colorful lights are featured in the display

Some animals, including mountain goats, sea otters, sea lions, leopards, tigers, penguins, polar bears, bats and some primates, can be seen. Most of the other animals will not be viewable during the ZooLights hours.

Many of the zoo’s cafe’s are open during ZooLights. In addition, food carts along the path feature everything from hot chocolate and popcorn to the zoo’s signature treat — elephant ears.

For more information, including admission specials, go to www.oregonzoo.org.

WHERE: Oregon Zoo, Portland

WHEN: Opens Friday, Nov. 29

HOURS: Sunday-Thursday 5-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5-8:30 p.m.

(Closed Dec. 24-25)

COST: $10 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7 for children and free for 2 and under

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