WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo: Starts November 27th

Woodland Park Zoo’s fourth annual WildLights.

This electrifying, after-hours event runs nightly from 5:30 – 8:30 pm from Friday, November 27th through Sunday, January 3rd. Guests will be transported to a festive winter wonderland complete with lights, treats, animals and more. Over 600,000 energy-efficient LED lights illuminate the paths of Woodland Park Zoo through dazzling displays of wild animals and exotic destinations  including “African Water Hole,” “Jungle Lights” and “Northern Lights.” This year, a few new exciting activities have been added to WildLights including visits from Santa, a Holiday Beer and Wine Garden for guests 21 and older and a peacock scavenger hunt.

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Guests attending WildLights can enjoy brilliant indoor and outdoor displays, a ride on the zoo’s decorated Historic Carousel (additional fee) and a visit from a few of Santa’s reindeer! Zoomazium will be transformed into Snowmazium which will be open every night for storytelling and the ever-popular [faux] snowball fights. Santa will stop by WildLights every Friday through Sunday prior to Christmas as well as December 21 through 23. Guests can stop by the reindeer barn where Santa will feed his reindeer at 5:45 p.m. and then head over to Santa’s Camp to meet jolly old Saint Nick and get a picture with him.

The Holiday Beer and Wine Garden, an exciting new feature for adult guests, will be located at the southwest corner of the Rain Forest Food Pavilion; it will be open every night. Guests 21 and older can enjoy a selection of beer, wine and mulled wine while cozying-up under the covered space.


  • When: November 27 – January 3 / 5:30 – 8:30 pm nightly*
  • Where: Woodland Park Zoo’s West Entrance on Phinney Ave N between N 55th & N 56th Street
  • Tickets: Adults (13+) $9.95; Children (3-12) $6.95; Toddlers (2 and under) free.
    Zoo member special offer: $2 off adult tickets purchased through December 11
  • Parking: Free parking is available in the Penguin, Otter and Bear parking lots. The Hippo and Flamingo lots will open as needed.

*WildLights will be closed December 24 and 25

Tickets go on sale TODAY, November 3rd. You can buy them here or at the zoo gates during regular zoo hours. 

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While most of the zoo’s animals will be nestled in for the night, a few creatures will still be stirring at the Day Exhibit, which showcases reptiles, amphibians and a tree kangaroo, and in the Adaptations Building, where sloths, Indian flying foxes, Komodo dragons and meerkats will be on exhibit. In addition, the zoo’s birds of prey, porcupine and other animals will make scheduled appearances at the Raptor Center Fridays through Sundays during WildLights and some “not so tiny” reindeer can be visited at their shelter located next to the zoo’s Historic Carousel.

Photos by Ryan Hawk.

WildLights                      |                Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle             |            (206) 548 – 2500