Whether it's your first time or a return to an annual tradition, a visit to WildLights this year will bring more lights, more animals and more fun to your holidays! You might say there are more than 600,000 sparkling reasons to come to WildLights, but what other activities can you look forward to during your visit? Here are the Top 10 experiences you just can't miss at WildLights this year! 

See the all new and classic light displays

More than 600,000 energy-efficient LED lights will recreate wild animals and wild places in two and three dimensions along the zoo’s pathways and North Meadow. An animated display of nature’s wonder will be woven into the zoo’s famous greenery inspired by exotic destinations from across the globe.

New this year: Shake and shimmy to the Tree ‘Roo Dancing Forest, an amazing, music-synchronized light show experience!


Have an indoor snowball fight in Snowmazium

Family winter fun! Build a snow creature, hear a snow story—and watch out, a snowball fight can break out at any time!


Take a night ride on the carousel

The festively lit carousel is open nightly for WildLights guests ($2 per ride)

Get a free carousel ride with voucher from KeyBank

Enjoy a free ride on the zoo’s Historic Carousel at WildLights presented by KeyBank with a free ride voucher available at select KeyBank branches, while supplies last.

Complete list of participating branches.

Quantities are limited, limit of four (4) carousel coupons per residence. Vouchers available only at select KeyBank branches. Carousel vouchers are good at WildLights only, valid through 1/4/15.



Meet the reindeer

Stop by the north end of the zoo to meet two special visitors exclusively for WildLights guests, a pair of reindeer! Look for the reindeer shelter nearby the zoo's Historic Carousel.


Shop the ZooStore for holiday gifts

Don't miss out on the most unique gifts you can find for the animal lovers in your pack! Pick up nature-inspired holiday decor and gifts for all ages at the ZooStore and outpost locations.

Find more zoo holiday gift ideas


Visit zoo animals at night

While the zoo’s animals will be tucked in for the night, the Day Exhibit, a showcase of reptiles and amphibians, will be open, offering another indoor venue for the chilly evenings. The north portion of the Adaptations Building will be open for guests to view meerkats and nocturnal animals such as sloths and Indian flying foxes. Experience WildLights Friday through Sunday and enjoy an evening keeper talk at the Raptor Barn, showcasing the zoo’s many birds of prey. 


Take your holiday photo in a magical place

Capture the magic of WildLights and bring it home with you! Pose with your family and friends in front of your choice of fun and festive backgrounds, and let our professionals take your holiday photo. If you like what you see, you can build a digital and print photo package that fits your needs (additional fee applies). Offered Saturdays and Sundays through December 14 and nightly beginning December 19. 


Warm up with a festive snack

Look for hot chocolate and other delicious treats available for purchase at food kiosks located around grounds and at the Pacific Blue Chowder House.

Covered seating will be available at the Pacific Blue Chowder House for when your hot chocolate needs your undivided attention.

Amelia Wells

Enjoy the spirit of the season

Listen for the songs of carolers ringing through the zoo each evening and get into the spirit!

Whether you are starting up, diving into, or wrapping up your holiday season with a visit to WildLights, you can't help but feel joyful when you're here.

We can't wait to see you at WildLights!

Monkey Business

The glow is growing! On your way to WildLights, look for monkeys hanging from trees and taking over store windows along Phinney and Greenwood avenues—in the form of glowing light installations, of course. Follow the monkeys, organized by the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s business members, all the way to WildLights.


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