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Oregon Zoo Brew Lights

  • Oregon Zoo 4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221 (map)

Walk through ZooLights, the Oregon Zoo’s twinkling magical winter wonderland of more than 1.6 million brightly colored lights, while drinking local beer and wine. 

If you’ve ever thought that ZooLights would be more enjoyable without all the kids, you won't want to miss this. For two nights in late November, the zoo will host its popular BrewLights event: a ZooLights experience just for the 21-and-over crowd.

BrewLights tickets will include a souvenir cup and 10 beer tastings throughout the zoo. Guests can sample local beers, wines and ciders from more than 30 Northwest vendors while strolling among forests of brightly lit trees and dazzling 3-D light sculptures. For grown-ups interested in the lights without the beer sampling, a special ZooLights-only ticket will be available as well.

Participating vendors will include Ordnance BrewingYakima Craft Brewing Co.Oakshire BrewingSilver Moon BrewingCoopers Hall(wine), 2 Towns CiderhouseBreakside Brewery54-40 Brewing CoCoalition BrewingHopworks Urban BreweryCascade Lakes Brewing CompanyPortland Brewing CompanyPyramid Brewing Co.Portland Cider Co.Klamath Basin Brewing Co.Reverend Nat's Hard CiderAVID Cider CompanyAncestry BrewingWillamette Valley VineyardsRogue Ales & SpiritsZoiglhaus Brewing CompanyAscendant Beer CompanyMigration Brewing CompanyFull Sail Brewing Co and KYLA Kombucha.

Food from several popular local food trucks will be available for purchase throughout the zoo, and there will also be live music, animal sightings and even the Unipiper.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m., and gates stay open until 9 p.m. The zoo will close to regular guests at 2 p.m. on both days in preparation for BrewLights.

BrewLights tickets are $34.95 and include zoo admission, a souvenir glass and 10 drink samples (3-oz beer/cider or 2-oz wine); $29.95 for zoo members. Additional drink tickets will be available on site for $2 each.

ZooLights-only tickets are $19.95 and include zoo admission for grown-ups only. While beer & wine will be available for purchase at vending stations throughout the zoo, these tickets do not include the souvenir glass or sampling opportunities.

New this year! A limited number of early entry tickets are available $44.95, or $39.95 for zoo members (includes souvenir glass and drink samples). These special tickets include early access at 4 p.m., along with live DJs and an animal encounter. 

BrewLights is exclusive to guests 21 and over. Valid photo ID must be presented for entry. Proceeds benefit the zoo's conservation, education and animal welfare programs.

More information about transportation options, including MAX schedules, can be found at Explore Washington Park.

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