National Zoo's ZooLights begin

Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine/Jim Jenkins

The ZooLights began Friday night at the National Zoo!

ZooLights features over 500,000 holiday lights, musical performances, Panda Clause in a giant snowglobe, a gingerbread competition, and carousel and train rides.

Support the Smithsonian's National Zoo by purchasing rides, food, or shopping in Zoo stores, which goes directly towards the Zoo's animal care, research, and conservation work.

ZooLights will be open 5:00-9:00 p.m. every night from Nov. 29 to Jan. 1, except Dec. 24, 25, and 31. FONZ member nights are Dec. 2 through Dec. 8, with special offers for free parking, free rides, and more.

Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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