Experience the Magic of ZooLights at the Smithsonian National Zoo!

Experience the Magic of ZooLights at the Smithsonian National Zoo!

ZooLights at the Smithsonian National Zoo in D.C. is back and better than ever! The festival, now in its 15th year, kicked off with a sold-out crowd of 6,500 guests on Friday night. If you missed out, don't worry – there are still limited tickets available for the packed opening weekend.

According to Annalisa Meyer, the deputy director of communications for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, ZooLights is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to come out and have a blast. Not only do you get to experience the holiday season in a unique way, but you also support a great cause.

This year, the Zoo outdid itself by using over half a million lights to decorate every path and exhibit. It truly is a winter wonderland! And to fit with the Zoo's mission of conservation, all the lights used are environmentally-friendly LEDs.

While strolling through the zoo, you can grab a hot chocolate or cider to keep you warm. And don't forget to check out the gift shop for a souvenir of your favorite animal.

ZooLights runs from November 24 to December 30. During this time, the festival starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. (except on Sundays, when it ends at 8 p.m.). The event will initially run from Friday to Sunday, but there will be extended days later in the season.

Ticket prices for ZooLights this year are $6 for anyone over the age 2. It's an affordable way to enjoy a magical evening with your loved ones.

So, mark your calendars and make sure to visit ZooLights at the Smithsonian National Zoo. It's an experience you won't want to miss!

If you want to see what ZooLights is all about before attending, be on the lookout for WTOP's Matt Kaufax. He will be visiting ZooLights on November 28 for an in-depth look and to chat with guests for WTOP’s “Matt About Town” feature segment.

For more information about ZooLights, visit the Zoo's website.

And remember, if you have any suggestions for off-the-beaten-path attractions or stories in the DC area, Matt Kaufax from WTOP is your guy. You can reach him at [email protected] or by calling 202.895.5000.

See you at ZooLights!