The Los Angeles Zoo's L.A. Zoo Lights has become one of our favorite holiday traditions — on par with the Downtown On Ice skating rink at Pershing Square. It's back for a fourth year, enchanting nighttime guests through Jan. 7 (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
This year's display brings back some favorites, such as the disco ball forest (with music by KCRW!), the water bottle frogs and the projection elephants. But much of this year's display is new, including an impressive reworked water show and a light-filled "twinkle tunnel."
This light show is much more enjoyable than the old DWP lights display that used to create a traffic nightmare in Griffith Park. The kids will appreciate it, while there are grown-up drink options (including the recently opened Golden Road Brewery stand) for the adults.
The L.A. Zoo notes that it landed USA Today's "10 Best Zoo Lights" honors in 2015 and 2016 – and is nominated again this year. Here are some images to show why:
The Blogger Kids as silhouettes
One of my favorite decorations every year, this large tree draped with green lights.
Disco ball forest!
Improved, more elaborate water show this year.
Another favorite, the water bottle frogs.
The line for the "twinkle tunnel" is long, and on busy weekends can be a 20 minute wait -- but don't be discouraged; it's worth a look.
One word of warning: The carousel closes early, make sure you buy a ticket before 9:10 p.m. -- we just missed the cut-off, and had two sad Blogger Kids as a result.
L.A. Zoo Lights takes place 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 7 (except Dec. 24 and 25). Tickets are $10 for L.A. Zoo members, and prices vary for non members: During "Value Nights" (weeknights the first two weeks of December), it's $14.95 for adults and $11.95 for kids. During "Prime Nights" -- most nights closer to the holidays -- the price is $19.95 for adults and $14.95. Santa is there on some nights; it's an additional fee for photos.