Illuminating Lantern Festival - Oakland Zoo Presents Glowfari

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November 11, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - January 29, 2023 @ 10:00 pm PST

Close up photo of a lantern shaped like a gator at Oakland Zoo Glowfari Lantern Festival in San Francisco, California, USA

Keep the magic and holiday cheer alive at the Illuminating Lantern Festival at Oakland Zoo’s Glowfari. A mile-long adventure filled with towering light installations and animal lanterns awaits at this twinkling extravaganza.

Visit Santa and his friends, spot giant glowing animals from tigers to elephants, and hop aboard the express train through the Winter Wonderland - all under the glitter of a million lights. So, get your cameras ready for this glowing fair.

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Date and Time

The event is from 5 PM to 10 PM.

  • November 11-13, 16-23, 25,27, 30, 2022
  • December 1-31, 2022 (except 24 and 25)
  • January 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, and January 25-29, 2023

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Glowfari tickets go on sale on November 1, 2022. Click here for more updates.

Covid-19 Information

Face coverings are highly recommended for indoor exhibits and spaces regardless of vaccination status.

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Experience Illuminating Lantern Festival – Oakland Zoo Presents Glowfari

It’s that time of the year to continue or create new traditions with your family at Glowfari! Oakland Zoo glimmers again with gigantic animal displays, including lions, butterflies, elephants, and more.

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Plus, there will be illuminated zones and new installations that add spark to your holiday spirit. Once you’ve taken in all the glittering decorations, ride on the Express Train through the park’s Winter Wonderland.

Save the dates now and prepare to stroll, play, and create memorable memories with the entire family. Also, you can make the most of your trip and enjoy the sweeping views of the city and its charm with a San Francisco package.


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