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

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Experience the magic!

Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Experience a magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays, including a 22-foot wide rock crab with moving pincers, a whimsical 30-foot-wide underwater landscape, a majestic polar bear family, a giant Pacific octopus, and a 17-foot tall tiger head.

Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel, 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!

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Tips for your Zoolights visit
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Zoolights Dates
: Nov. 27 - Jan. 3                      Zoolights Hours: 5 pm - 9 pm 
Closed Dec. 24. Open Dec. 25 & Jan. 1

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 clouded leopard cubs, 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.

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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