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In preparation for Christmas, the old zoo in Griffith Park is decorated with "Zoo Lights"—spectacular animal light installations. A holiday in the Zoo invites visitors to walk through the festively illuminated site and enjoy its magic atmosphere. Although most animals are asleep, you can still see deer and a few other species. Kids can take a picture with Santa.
Take a 1.5-hour walk through the Zoo filled with dynamic lights and projections as well as incredible immersive interactive experiences. Take advantage of spectacular photo ops and feel the magic of the season in a fantastical realm inhabited by tigers, lions, macaws, monkeys, meerkats, and flamingos.
Check out the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook and a magical disco ball forest. There are also lighted elephant statues, giant glowing snowflakes, sparkling light tunnels, an exciting show of "water and light," a festive interpretation of Los Angeles attractions, and much more. L.A. Zoo Lights is a not-to-be-missed display, attracting thousands of visitors since its start in 2014. Every year, there are more light animals than before and spectacular new additions—both hand-crafted and high-tech.
This enchanting show's illuminations and beloved animals are waiting for you from late November to early January. The park is closed at Christmas, as well as other possible occasions, so check the opening hours before you go.