The ZooLights festival at the Oregon Zoo is a fantastic holiday tradition, and for Day 1 of my annual 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways, I’m giving away a set of 4 tickets! Enter to win today!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the start of my annual 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!
I am THRILLED to be partnering with some of my favorite companies to offer all of you lovelies some pretty darn AMAZING giveaways again this year! Here’s a breakdown of the 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways. NOTE: skip below to learn more about today’s giveaway: a set of four tickets to the Oregon Zoo’s fabulous ZooLights festival!
12 Days of Holiday Giveaways
DEC 1 – ENTER TO WIN: 4-pack of tickets to ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
DEC 2 – A one-year supply worth of Oregon Fruit Product’s Pourable Fruit + Le Creuset bakeware
DEC 3 – A super cool Truly Pawsome pet subscription box
DEC 4 – Bacon lover’s giveaway package: win Smithfield Bacon for a Year ($416 value)
DEC 5 – Some of my favorite new travel bags and accessories!
DEC 6 – Travel Bliss giveaway package
DEC 7 – Wine & Beer Bliss giveaway package
DEC 8 – Foodie Tech Lover’s Giveaway: Verizon Ellipsis 10 tablet ($299 value)
DEC 9 – Food Bliss Giveaway: Panini Press + $75 worth of Daiya product coupons
DEC 10 – Kid Bliss Giveaway Package
DEC 11 – Savory Food Bliss Giveaway Package
DEC 12 – Sweet Food Bliss Giveaway Package
Be sure to check UrbanBlissLife.com daily to find out the awesome specific prizes that I will be giving away each day! Or, better yet, subscribe to receive daily posts in your email so that you don’t miss a single post!
ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
One tradition that we look forward to each year is the Oregon Zoo’s ZooLights festival. More than a million and a half lights dazzle and delight visitors throughout the entire zoo, illuminating pathways and exhibits. It’s truly a magical experience, and my kids and I have such warm memories of attending throughout the years!
ZooLights runs now through January 1, 2017; the zoo is closed December 24 and 25.
ZooLights Hours: Sunday through Thursday 5 – 8 pm and Friday & Saturday 5 – 9 pm. ZooLights tickets are valid for zoo admission after 4 p.m. Guests may stay on-grounds for one hour after the gates close.
ZooLights Value Nights: Visit the Oregon Zoo for ZooLights Monday through Thursday between now and December 15th, and you’ll receive discounted admission rates. ZooLights is free for Oregon Zoo members; be sure to check the website for the full list of rates.
ZooLight Tips: It’s always a few degrees colder and a little windier at the Oregon Zoo since it’s higher up in elevation, so be sure to dress warmly: thick winter coats, winter hats, gloves, warm socks. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring your camera. See transportation tips below!
In addition to the cool light displays, the OregonZoo train runs throughout the park during ZooLights. The train itself is decked out with lights, and the ride is a fun and magical way to see the zoo all lit up.
Trains begin running at 5 pm, and they run continuously throughout the night as needed. You are encouraged to walk through ZooLights before riding the train, since train lines are often busiest at the beginning of the evening.
Many of the regular zoo exhibits are open during Zoo Lights. However, keep in mind that most animals will be sleeping or eating, and may not come out from the shadows for you and the kids to see them. The Elephant Lands area is a good bet if you have kids who HAVE to see animals before they leave. The elephants will most likely still be roaming a bit outside, if they’re not busy eating inside as they were during our visit this year.
Parking & Public Transportation
There is metered parking in the zoo parking lot, but the lot fills up early – and quickly. Once the lot is full, you will be directed to park in the zoo’s overflow parking and take the zoo shuttle. Shuttles run continuously, but be prepared to wait for a while before one returns.
Your best bet, especially as we get closer to Christmas, is to take the MAX in directly to the Oregon Zoo. You can receive a discounted admission if you show your MAX fare ticket at the gate.
Enter to win a 4-Pack of Zoo Lights Tickets!
If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area, of you have friends and family in the area who would love to attend, be sure to enter my giveaway today! One winner will receive 4 tickets to ZooLights, to be used on the night of their choosing whenever ZooLights is open.
DEADLINE: Entries must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on Tuesday December 6, 2016.
TO ENTER: Follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter widget below, starting with leaving a blog comment, which is mandatory. From there, you have several additional options that are worth additional entries!
RULES: Must be 18+ years of age or older, and a US resident to enter to win. Winner will be notified via e-mail, so when leaving a blog comment, please be sure to enter a valid e-mail address that you check at least once every single day. Upon confirmation, tickets will be placed in will call at the zoo under the winner’s name. Tickets are valid for one-time use from completion of contest through the last night of ZooLights (January 1, 2017). Value of four tickets is $59.80. Please read the Rules & Restrictions section in the Rafflecopter widget below for FULL contest rules.