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November 26, 2021 - January 2, 2022
Magical lights and a classic holiday tradition. Closed Dec. 24-25. Open Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Zoolights Magic

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.
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.

The stories behind Zoolights

2020 Year in Photos

What a year this has been! From clouded leopard AI to a new muskox calf, from Zoolights to HeroRATs and everything in between, we’ve captured this year in our best photos of 2020.  

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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 spent most of October and November- rain or shine, warm or cold (mostly, cold)- prepping for the region’s classic holiday lights extravaganza and creating new displays. Things are a bit 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…

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