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November 25 - January 1
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Experience the magic!

See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays.

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Twinkling lights, treats, animals & more

Animal light displays for 2016 include hammerhead sharks and sea turtles, carnivorous plants and their insect prey, a whimsical 30-foot-wide underwater landscape, a majestic polar bear family, and a gorgeous giant Pacific octopus.

Have your photo taken with reindeer, ride a camel, enjoy tasty treats, and take a spin on the carousel. You can even wrap up your holiday shopping with our unique gift ideas. There's always something new to see and do at Zoolights!

Zoolights Top 10 Fun Activities
Tips for your Zoolights visit
Zoolights Map (PDF)

Zoolights Dates
: Nov. 25 - Jan. 1                      Zoolights Hours: 5 pm - 9 pm 
Closed Dec. 24. Open Dec. 25 & Jan. 1

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Zoolights Prices                          Combo Pass*

Zoo Front Gate
$10.00 Adult (13-64)
Online & Fred Meyer (Non-Members)
Senior (65+)
Online & Zoo Front Gate (Members) $5.00
Youth (5-12)
2 & Younger
FREE Tot (3-4)
Parking FREE 2 & Younger

* Combo Pass includes Daytime and Zoolights admission. Available only at the front gate. During the day, see tigers, polar bears, penguins, and more, then stay inside the Zoo as it transforms into Zoolights. The Zoo will close at 4pm, but with a Combo Pass you are invited to stay inside the Zoo and visit the carousel, cafe, and gift shop until Zoolights opens at 5 pm. You'll be among the first to see the lights that night and can skip the lines!


Group discount

Corporate groups of 100 or more enjoy a discounted price of $7.50 per person. Contact to purchase your tickets.

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Military NIGHTS

In honor of their service, US military veterans can enjoy discounted Zoolights rates of $8 per person on Nov 28, Nov 30, Dec 5, Dec 7, Dec 12, and Dec 14, as well as discounts in the gift shop. Tickets must be purchased at the Zoo's front gate. Individuals who are currently serving or have honorably served in the US military and dependents are eligible for this discount. Please bring military ID to receive your discount.

the season to recycle

  • Holiday Lights Recycling Program: Help us keep thousands of holiday lights out of the landfill. Drop off your old or broken lights at one of our designated bins.
  • Wreath-cycled Challenge: Help us decorate the Carousel with wreaths made completely from recycled materials. You could win tickets to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium or our sister zoo, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

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Give the perfect gift

Share the magic and excitement of the Zoo with a membership, animal adoption, or Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive! Check out these unique holiday gift ideas.

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