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ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo is a Portland tradition you simply must experience. Get tickets online to save time, money

COURTESY PHOTO: MICHAEL DURHAM, OREGON ZOO - More than 1.5 million brightly colored lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a walk-through winter wonderland during ZooLights, opening Nov. 29.

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The Oregon Zoo's walk-through winter wonderland of more than 1.5 million colored lights opens Nov. 29.

Organizers offer tips to allow ZooLights attendees to save money, avoid lines and get the most enjoyment out of the experience.

n Buy tickets online at You will save $2 per tickets and be able to skip the lines at the front gate.

n Ride MAX to the zoo. The Washington Park stop lets you off right in front of the zoo entrance. Visit for other options.

n Start your festivities early in the season. Most visitors come on weekends and on the weeks when school is out. If you come weeknights early in the season you can avoid crowds and save money. During this year's Value Nights (see the schedule at ZooLight visitors get a $5 discount on admission.

n Show up fashionably late, unless you are driving. The big rush at ZooLights is between 4 and 6 p.m. If you come after 6 p.m. you can avoid some crowds. If, however, you are driving, getting to the zoo by 4 p.m. or earlier is recommended. The main parking lot and even the shuttle lots fill up fast, Check real time on-site parking at

n If you are riding the train, schedule your ride before you visit, then you can stroll around the grounds and enjoy the lights until your appointed train ride. Around 90% of the lights are along the walking paths. To purchase online tickets visit

The zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. daily and is located five minutes from downtown Portland just off Highway 26. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Call TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-7433 or visit for fare and route information.

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