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Zoolights: Nov. 25, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023

4:30-10pm Nov. 25-Jan. 1
Magical lights and a classic holiday tradition.

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

Zoolights fun

Top 10 Things to Do
Zoolights Tips
Holiday Gift Ideas
Zoolights FAQ

The stories behind Zoolights


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 … Continued

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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 … Continued

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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 … Continued

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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!