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L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow Will Run Nightly from Nov. 17 through Jan. 7, 6-10 p.m.

By Judy Shields

Los Angeles, California (The Hollywood Times) 11/16/2023

Thanks to Ashley, Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, the Hollywood Times was invited to preview the L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow and we brought the whole family and 5 year old Grandson Max. We all just loved it so much and so will you and your entire family. Don’t miss your opportunity to start off your holiday spirit with these amazing animal sculptures.  There were other invited members of the press, VIP, and employees and their families.  It was awesome, spectacular, colorful and breathtaking all in one.  We all just loved it so much and so will you and your entire family. Don’t miss your opportunity to start off your holiday spirit with these amazing animal sculptures.

LA Zoo Lights Animals Aglow opening ceremonies (Photo THT)

The press gathered just past the entrance to wait for the official countdown to kick-off the seasonal event and celebratory remarks by L.A. Zoo CEO and Director Denise Verret, GLAZA Interim President Dawn Peterson-Amend, and U.S. Bank Regional Banking Director and GLAZA Board Member Vivian Chow.  The crowd gave the women their attention during their welcome speeches.  The sky above the Los Angeles Zoo was dark, with some wonderful cloud coverage and half a moon and then the countdown started, the switch was thrown and the lights came on!  Just a jaw-dropping experience!  We have included a video that starts off with L.A. Zoo CEO and Director Denise Verret welcoming everyone and then the actual lighting of the animal tree. Plus a few other videos put together of what we saw. You have to come see it in person to experience the wonder of it all and help support the L.A. Zoo too!

LA Zoo Lights Animals Aglow entrance animals all a glow(Photo THT)

We headed up the walkway and was delighted with fish in the trees and mischievous otters and bubble too!  There are so many different animal sculptures you just can’t believe how amazing they look with such detail and color too.

We really enjoyed the “Roast Your Own S’Mores. That was way cool and they had hot chocolate and churros as well.

Glowing animal sculptures welcome you on an unforgettable nighttime adventure that includes the all-new Winter Wildlands holiday dreamscape, interactive displays, and spectacular photo ops, and seasonal treats. L.A. Zoo Lights is a not-to-be-missed holiday light experience that’s as inspiring as it is breathtaking.

L.A. Zoo Lights will run nightly from Nov. 17 through Jan. 7, 6-10 p.m. Parking is free. Every ticket purchase supports the Zoo‘s mission to save wildlife and enrich communities.

L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow returns on November 17 with all-new wonders that will captivate both loyal fans and first-timers.

  • New large-scale lantern sculptures of wildlife from California and around the world
  • The debut of Winter Wildlands, a holiday wonderland with snow-loving animals, a magical pine forest, glittering photo ops, and more
  • Live roaming entertainment nightly in the new Dazzling Desertscape
  • Optical-illusion photo spots and interactive displays for eye-popping wonder and even more Instagrammable moments
  • Scrumptious goodies plus beer and wine available every night, and full bars on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

There are all types of merchandise for the L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow so make sure you stop by the shop to get your collectible T-shirt, ornaments, drinking cups, and light-up wearable color changing bell necklace

Enjoy our photos from this amazing Animals Aglow:

Tickets start at just $18! VIP-style offerings and community nights are also available.

Zoo members save up to 27% on tickets. Not a member? Join today!

About L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow

  • Explore the Zoo at night with animal- and plant-themed light sculptures, interactive photo ops, and more.
  • Illuminate your holidays with family, friends, or coworkers, or make it a magical date night.
  • Warm up with hot cocoa and other wintertime treats. Cash bars are available for guests 21+.
  • Become part of the lightscape with glittering, glowing merchandise available for purchase.
  • Take a nighttime spin on the carousel, for an additional fee.
  • Park for FREE any night.
  • Support the Zoo‘s mission to save wildlife and enrich communities through your ticket purchase.

Visit www.lazoo.org/zoolights for more information.


Founded in 1963, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect wildlife and enrich the human experience. GLAZA’s primary role is to seek and provide financial support for animal welfare, animal species conservation, capital projects, Learning & Engagement, community outreach programs, and marketing at the Los Angeles Zoo, and GLAZA’s operations. GLAZA’s additional functions include membership sales and relationship management, special events, site rentals, customer service, publications, and volunteer training and management. There are currently over 42,000 GLAZA member households and a volunteer corps of over 400.


The Los Angeles Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is dedicated to providing exemplary animal care and wellbeing.  As a trusted leader in local and global conservation efforts, the Los Angeles Zoo is saving wildlife and connecting Angelenos to the natural world by delivering diverse learning opportunities and creating unforgettable experiences. The lush 133-acre campus and its passionate and dedicated team welcomes all to be inspired by the Zoo‘s vision to create a just and sustainable world where people and wildlife thrive, together. The Zoo is located on Zoo Drive in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $22 for adults and $17 for children ages 2 to 12. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo website at www.lazoo.org.


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