Attractions, Kids


When: Dec. 2-Jan. 1, 5:30-9 p.m. 2012

While animals are typically a zoo's main attraction, at the Oakland Zoo (9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland), hundreds of thousands of sparkling LED lights could momentarily steal the spotlight from the animal kingdom. After the sun goes down each evening in December, the zoo comes aglow with an extravagant, holiday-themed light show that includes dancing toy soldiers, gingerbread men, and lollipops. That's in addition to trips offered on the Outback Express train, candy cane lane-themed rides, festive music by KBLX radio, and more. From Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Jan. 1. 5:30-9 p.m., $4.50-$7.50. 510-632-9525 or

Cassie McFadden

Price: $4.50-$7.50

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