LA Zoo Lights 2018

On Friday, November 16th, we attended the lighting ceremony and first official day of Zoo Lights at the Los Angeles Zoo!

We were entertained by holiday songs by an acapella group before the countdown.

The celebrity guests who led the countdown were: third baseman of the L.A. Dodgers Justin Turner, actress Carolyn Hennesey, actor Chris Sullivan who plays “Toby” on “This is Us”, and news anchor Julie Chang from Good Day L.A.and Fox 11 Morning News.

The L.A. Zoo announced they would donate admission tickets to the Justin Turner Foundation, whose mission is to support homeless veterans, children (and their families) battling life-altering illnesses and diseases and various youth baseball organizations.

Carolyn Hennesy and Julie Chang


Chris Sullivan (AKA “Toby” from “This is Us”) and news anchor Julie Chang.


Dodgers’ Justin Turner

This is our second year attending Zoo Lights, and there are some wonderful additions, or at least some things we missed out on last time. Fun additions included: a choreographed water, laser and light show, and glow in the dark dancers!

Definitely check out L.A. Zoo Lights this holiday season! Your family will have a blast!

Twinkle Tunnel


November 16th – January 6th
6-10 p.m.

Closed Nov 22, Dec 24, and Dec 25

Glowing animals welcome you on an unforgettable nighttime journey that includes giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, a whimsical herd of animated elephants, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. L.A. Zoo Lights is a not-to-be-missed nighttime holiday light experience and has glowed brighter each year since its debut in 2014. This year’s event features a dazzling new area to explore, luminous new displays, and reimagined favorites.

Disclaimer: WestsideMommy attended L.A. ZOO LIGHTS as a member of the media and was granted admission in order to facilitate this review. No monetary compensation was exchanged for this post. All opinions are honest and 100% my own. All photos © Westside Mommy, Ruby Hunt.