Be zoo-dazzled by NEW light displays
See a polar bear family frolic on an ice floe. Revel in Mount Rainier’s glorious majesty. Roar at a 17-foot tall tiger head. Watch an eagle swoop down to catch a swimming salmon. All in 3-D.
Rediscover old favorites
Experience a magical world of over half-a-million lights, including a 100-foot octopus lounging atop the aquarium, reindeer romping on a hillside or a whimsical sleigh pulled by a porpoise, tiger and llama.
See Santa swim with sharks
Watch Santa (and his merry elf) dive with the sharks on six evenings during Zoolights in the South Pacific Aquarium.
See visitors dive with sharks – or experience it yourself!
You and other visitors can dive with 17 massive sharks, including a 9-foot long, 450-pound lemon shark. It’s all part of the Zoo’s brand new Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive program. Reservations are required.
Touch sleek stingrays at Stingray Cove
Learn about – and touch – stingrays as they glide by in our new interactive exhibit at Stingray Cove. (The stingrays’ barbs are clipped, so they can’t sting as you feel their velvety smooth surfaces.)
Explore a mysterious underwater world
Stroll through our two aquariums and be mesmerized by glowing jellies, a giant Pacific octopus, seahorses, rays and thousands of other sea creatures.
Ride a camel, feed a goat and meet a meerkat
Feed goats, marvel at a mob of meerkats or ride through a lighted desert oasis on a camel. Other zoo animals will be asleep off exhibit.
Take a spin on the holiday carousel
The beautiful Paul Titus Antique Carousel is open nightly during Zoolights. Take a ride for only $1.50 ($1.00 for Zoo members).
Warm up with hot cocoa and other tasty treats.
Savor the season with delicious drinks and treats available at the café and kiosks throughout the zoo.
Shop for unique gifts
Discover the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for your animal-loving friends and family members. Or share the excitement of the Zoo by giving a membership or a shark dive experience. Explore other unforgettable gift ideas.