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November 28 - January 4
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights! Be inspired by dazzling, 100% LED-bulb animal-themed displays, including our 3-D displays of a swooping bald eagle, a regal polar bear family, and a Sumatran tiger head. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. You might even finish your holiday shopping!

There's so much to see and do. Make the most of your Zoolights experience with our list of Zoolights Top 10 Fun Activities.

Zoolights Dates: Nov. 28 - Jan. 4                      Zoolights Hours: 5 pm - 9 pm 

Closed Dec. 24 & Open Dec. 25 & Jan. 1

Zoolights PRICES                         COMBO pass *

 At the Zoo's front gate (general)
        Adult (13-64) 
 Online & Fred Meyer (general) $7.50         Senior (65+)      $17.00
 Online & Zoo front gate (members) $4.50         Youth (5-12)      $15.50
 2 & Younger FREE         Tot (3-4)      $13.50
 Parking FREE          2 & Younger       FREE

*The Combo Pass includes daytime admission to the Zoo and evening admission to Zoolights. Available only at the Zoo's front gate.

Save time & money. Skip the lines.

Get online, printable tickets below for a discount.

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Group discount

Corporate groups of 75 or more enjoy a discounted rate of $7.00 per person. Contact to reserve Zoolights tickets for large groups.

Scuba-diving santa

Nothing says "Holiday Magic" like getting a glimpse of Santa Claus himself - but did you know he loves to swim with sharks? Scuba Diving Santa can be seen underwater in the South Pacific Aquarium at 6 pm on Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 and 23.

Military Mondays

On December 1, 8, and 15, individuals who are currently serving or have honorably served in the U.S. military will pay a discounted price of $7 for Zoolights tickets. Military dependents are also eligible for this discount. Please bring proof of honorable military service (military ID card, discharge papers, DD214s, or other proof). Military tickets must be purchased at the front gate.

Scout night

On December 3, registered Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts (in uniform or wearing their pins) plus up to 10 additional non-registered scouts will enjoy a discounted price of $7.

the season to recycle

  • PDZA is teaming up with Girl Scouts of Western Washington once again for the Holiday Lights Recycling Program! We hope to keep thousands of strings of lights out of the landfill. Drop off your broken or unused holiday lights at one of the designated bins.
  • Wreath-cycled challenge: Help us deck the halls in the Paul Titus Carousel by creating a wreath using only recycled and recyclable materials!

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Give the perfect gift

Share the magic and excitement of the Zoo this season with a membership, an animal adoption, or an unforgettable Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive! Read more about unique holiday gift ideas from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

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