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November 29, 2024 - January 5, 2025
4:30PM - 10:00PM
Magical lights and a classic holiday tradition dazzling our community for 36 years.

Online timed tickets are required for Zoolights. Zoolights is presented by BECU.

Experience the magic

Classic Zoolights
Step back into the Zoolights tradition you know and love: your Zoo, transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with over 800,000 lights.
Is that a giant octopus?
All your classic favorites
What's your favorite display? The giant Pacific octopus? Giant tiger face? Flame tree? Seahawks tree? What about the Narrows Bridges? And don't forget to hunt for Sasquatch. Come find all your favorites, old and new.
Walk tunnels of lights
Picture perfect! Take a selfie with lit-up butterfly wings or walk through tunnels of stunning lights.
Perfect date night
Grab some hot chocolate and stroll hand in hand past the lights for the perfect date night!
Groovy Goats
In Holiday Coats
Groovy Goats Zoolights Edition! Meet our magnificent herd of goats in their festive holiday coats that they will wear just for you. Open nightly during Zoolights and included with admission.
Roast S'mores
And Pudgy Pies!
Head over to the Cafe Deck and warm up around the fire while roasting s'mores and pudgy pies (ooey, gooey sandwiches toasted over an open flame)!
Find Your Way Around
Find your favorite light displays and all of our new ones easily. Easily plan your route ahead of time, or keep this handy in case you get lost in the wonderland of lights.
Download the Map

Zoolights Admission

Zoolights is SOLD OUT!
Ticket TypeMember PriceGeneral Price
2 and underFREEFREE
Parking is FREE.
The aquariums are CLOSED during Zoolights.
No Wild Access discounts on Zoolights tickets.

Zoolights fun

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Planning holiday gifts?
How about an experience they'll never forget - up close with animals? Choose from our behind-the-scenes Animal Experiences now! Or adopt a species or gift a membership!