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Zoolights: Nov. 25, 2022-Jan. 2, 2023

4:30pm-10pm Nov. 25-Jan. 2
ZOOLIGHTS IS SOLD OUT! Magical lights and a classic holiday tradition dazzling our community for 35 years.

Online timed tickets are required for Zoolights.


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. Or, book a more private animal encounter for you and your household to groom the goats!
Book Your Experience!
Roast S'mores
And Pudgy Pies!
Head over to the Picnic Pavilion 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 Zoolights
View a copy of this year's Zoolights map! Explore the paths to find your favorite figurines. Find the lit-up visitor map inside the zoo entrance or download the pdf below.
Zoolights Map

Zoolights is sold out!

Timed online tickets only.
Ticket TypeMember PriceGeneral PriceBECU Price
Parking is FREE.
Aquariums are CLOSED during Zoolights.
No Wild Access discounts for Zoolights.

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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!