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Zoolights

November 27, 2020 - January 3, 2021
5:00PM - 9:00PM
Magical lights and a safe, classic holiday tradition. (Last entry 8pm. Closed Dec. 24-25). Tickets limited. $10-$14

A Holiday Tradition

Classic Zoolights
The magic of 700,000 LED lights.
Step back into the Zoolights tradition you know and love: your Zoo, transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with over 700,000 lights. See dazzling 3-D animal light displays with new safety protocols.
Safe, distanced, healthy
Our new Zoolights safety protocol.
We've reimagined Zoolights to bring the same magic while keeping everyone safe. Timed online tickets, face coverings, social distancing, one-way paths & outdoor areas only.
NOTE: Both aquariums, goat area and the carousel will be closed during Zoolights.
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Light Tunnel and Sasquatch!
All your old favorites - plus some new.
What's your favorite Zoolight? The baby tapir? Giant tiger face? Flame tree? Seahawks tree? What about the Tunnel of Lights or Narrows Bridge? And don't forget to hunt for Sasquatch. Come find all your favorites, old and new.

ticket prices

Timed online tickets only.
Ticket typeMember PriceGeneral PriceBECU price*
Mon-Thur$5.50$11$10
Fri-Sun$7$14$13
2 and underFREEFREEFREE
Parking is FREE.
  • Timed online tickets only (no gate tickets). *BECU members get $1 discount
  • NOTE: Both aquariums, goat area and the carousel will be closed for safety
  • Face coverings required (age 5+)
  • Those with medical exemptions to wearing a face covering may book Zoolights tickets on the following Mondays from 7:30-9pm (last entry 8pm): Nov. 30, Dec. 7,  Dec. 14

Zoolights fun

Top 10 Things to Do
Groovy Goats Holiday Edition
Zoolights Tips
Holiday Gift Ideas
Zoolights FAQ

The stories behind Zoolights

Zoolights 2020 kicks off Friday!

Over 700,000 LED lights, new Kraken display, indoor areas closed, buy tickets in advance. The longstanding community tradition of Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium begins this Friday, Nov. 27. The Zoo has transformed into a colorful winter wonderland- with more than 700,000 LED lights now strung across trees, shrubs, pathways and displays. Health remains the top priority for the Zoo, with protocols in place to ensure adequate social distancing in accordance with Washington state’s current restrictions. Capacity is…

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Setting up for Zoolights

You can’t set up 700,000 LED lights overnight! It takes time… months, actually. The Zoolights crew at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium spend most of October and November- rain or shine, warm or cold (mostly, cold)- prepping for the region’s classic holiday lights extravaganza. BUY ZOOLIGHTS TICKETS Things will be different this year due to Covid-19, such as one-way paths and face coverings required for everyone 5 and up, but the traditional displays that have lit up the community for…

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Zoolights 2020 tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and the holiday decorating has begun! The longstanding community tradition will have health at the top of mind this year, to ensure a safe environment for everyone. Zoolights begins Nov. 27 and runs through Jan. 3. Hours are 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. nightly, except for a two-night closure on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. BUY ZOOLIGHTS TICKETS Over the next month, the Zoo will transform into…

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