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Zoolights: Nov 26-Jan 2

4:30-10pm Nov. 26-Jan. 2
Magical lights and a classic holiday tradition -- presented by BECU. Closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25. Open Dec. 31, Jan. 1. Timed online tickets required. In compliance with state health guidelines, masks are required outdoors and indoors at all times for ALL guests ages 5+ for events.

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.
Is that Sasquatch?!
All your classic favorites
What's your favorite display? The baby tapir? 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.
Time for a Selfie!
This is the perfect place for a picture! Walk through two Tunnels of Lights. That’s right- we’ve added a second tunnel this year. It’s so popular, we doubled it!

ticket prices

Timed online tickets only
Ticket typeMember PriceGeneral PriceBECU price*
Parking is FREE.
  • Timed online tickets only. *BECU members get $2 discount
  • NOTE: Both aquariums will be closed. Goat feeding and carousel will be open
  • Masks required outdoors and indoors (ages 5+).

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