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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 & 25. Open Dec. 31 & Jan. 1. Timed online tickets required. Masks are required throughout your Zoolights visit (indoors & outdoors) for all guests ages 5+.

Zoolights Magic

Classic Zoolights
The magic of 800,000 LED lights.
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 Sasquatch?!
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.
Time for a Selfie!
Picture perfect! Take a selfie with lit-up butterfly wings or walk through two Tunnels of Lights. That’s right- we’ve added a second tunnel this year. It’s so popular, we doubled it!
Zoolights Map
Explore the paths to find your favorite figurines. Find the lit-up visitor map inside the zoo entrance or download it below.
Download the map here

ticket prices

Timed online tickets only
Ticket typeMember PriceGeneral PriceBECU price
Mon-Thur$6$12$10
Fri-Sun$7.50$15$13
2 and underFREEFREEFREE
Parking is FREE.
Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be rescheduled.
Please come at your ticketed time.
  • ZOOLIGHTS TIMED TICKETS ARE REQUIRED for everyone age 3+, including members. Print your emailed online ticket or bring your phone for scanning at our front gate.
  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED throughout your Zoolights visit (indoors & outdoors) for all guests ages 5+.
  • AQUARIUMS CLOSED DURING ZOOLIGHTS.

Zoolights fun

Top 10 Things to Do
Groovy Goats Zoolights Edition
Santa Under the Sea
Zoolights Tips
Holiday Gift Ideas
Zoolights FAQ

The stories behind Zoolights

EXCLUSIVE HOLIDAY EXPERIENCES

Santa has made his way to Tacoma all the way from the North Pole and has brought his scuba equipment with him. “Santa Under the Sea” is one of two exclusive experiences being offered to the public this holiday season at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Santa Under the Sea Offered at night during Zoolights hours, guests can visit scuba-diving Santa in the zoo’s Pacific Seas Aquarium for an additional cost. Santa can even speak underwater and interact with your…

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ZOOLIGHTS BEGINS FRIDAY

Festive and bright holiday magic returns with Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium this Friday, Nov. 26 and runs through Jan. 2. The South Sound tradition will boast more lights than ever before, with more than 800,000 lights illuminating the zoo at night. “We are thrilled to continue the longstanding tradition of Zoolights for our community,” said Zoo Director Alan Varsik. “Our staff loves seeing the holiday joy in our guests year after year.” The classic light displays will…

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Setting up for Zoolights

Get your Zoolights tickets here You can’t set up 800,000 LED lights overnight! It takes time. Months, actually. The Zoolights crew at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium spends all of October and November – rain or shine, prepping for the region’s classic holiday lights extravaganza and creating new displays. It’s a huge team effort, and they rightfully take pride in keeping the tradition alive year after year. The Zoolights crew is already hard at work setting up the iconic Flame…

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Planning holiday gifts?
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