The holiday season in Washington, DC officially kicks off with the opening of ZooLights at the Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute on November 25. We're proud to be the exclusive rideshare partner of the event. Never tried Lyft? Download through the link below to receive $30 ride credit!
Join in the 10-year holiday tradition with free admission to see more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the National Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with light shows, live music performances, and holiday shopping.
Rides and attractions include:
The Smithsonian's National Zoo Choo-Choo: take a merry tour through the Zoo on a trackless train that whisks guests all around the Great Cats exhibit and features gorgeous views of the Zoo's holiday light displays.
Snow-less Tubing: take the plunge down one of the 150-foot-long tracks — no snow necessary! (weather permitting)
Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel: hop on to your choice of 58 animal figurines, as the carousel highlights the Zoo's incredible research and success stories. As one of the few carousels in the world powered by solar energy, thanks to a generous donation by Pepco Energy Services, the carousel is a new spin on conservation.
In addition, The Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center, and Think Tank are open every night. Join the National Zoo, friends, and family for one of the biggest holiday events of the season.
Please note that parking is limited and the Beach Drive entrance to the Zoo will be closed as part of the National Park Service’s Beach Drive rehabilitation project. To help with traffic, Lyft passengers can be picked up and dropped off at the Connecticut Avenue and Harvard Street entrances.