presented by BECU

November 15, 2024 – January 19, 2025



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Eagle lanterns with interactive element
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Illuminate your holidays! WildLanterns presented by BECU returns to Woodland Park Zoo this November with an all-new, immersive, wild wonder that promises a magical holiday experience for all!

For more information about accommodations and other safety protocols, see the WildLanterns FAQ.



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Closure Dates

WildLanterns will be closed Mondays (with the exception of December 23rd and 30th and January 1, 2025). WildLanterns will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas day. WildLanterns will be open New Year’s Day.

Beginning in January, WildLanterns will change to a Thursday – Sunday weekly opening and will be closed Mondays through Wednesdays.




Experience the Zoo Like Never Before

Experience the wild wonder of the holiday season as you traverse through the Mystical Forest where stunning creatures gleam brightly! Here, behold the magical forest train, mystical tree fairies and fantastical unicorns. Embark on a Journey on a Bright Desert Highway and see desert flora and fauna before discovering Marvelous Mammals where spectacular Northwest animals are vividly portrayed in lantern form. Family-favorite Interactive Lanterns are spread throughout the WildLanterns spaces. Let your imagination take flight in the Birds of Paradise zone, swan into this area where magnificent peacocks flaunt their flamboyant plumes and birds of a feather perch on enchanted branches. Finally, embark on a journey Under the Jungle Canopy and spot all the mischievous monkeys hiding in the foliage!





Holiday Senior Stroll

November 19 and December 3, 2024, 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: 40% off regular pricing*

Enjoy Holiday Senior Stroll presented by Aegis Living and its return to WildLanterns for two special nights. Holiday Senior Stroll is an all-age event, but it’s an opportunity to come together with our senior (65+) friends and family members to experience the wonder of these holiday works together.

*Ticket purchasers may be required to show ID to verify age for discount. Additional discounts do not apply to Holiday Senior Stroll.



Night Owls (21+ Only)*

December 5, 2024 and January 2, 2025

Join us for the inaugural 21+ evenings at WildLanterns, December 5, 2024 and January 2, 2025! Savor holiday specialty cocktails and noshes amidst enchanting lantern displays and a festive atmosphere. Explore themed lounges that transport guests to a magical world, along with exciting animal encounters guaranteed to be a hoot!

*Ticket purchasers must be 21 or older. IDs will be checked upon entry. Additional discounts do not apply to Night Owls events.



The Frosted Glass

Enjoy a delicious holiday cocktail! WildLanterns’ premier 21 and over space is open November 29 – December 12, 2024, Thursdays through Sundays, and will be open every night December 19 – December 31, 2024. The Frosted Glass is located right across from the north meadow.



Nightly Activities at WildLanterns

Join in the magic and mystery as Woodland Park Zoo brings a special live traditional Chinese art performance to the 2024 WildLanterns season. Experience nightly performances of Lion Dance, Face Changing, Umbrella Juggling, Chair Balancing, and more! Discover these captivating displays of skill and culture at the PACCAR Auditorium, located at our South entrance.


Shop the ZooStore

Both the West ZooStore and South ZooStore locations will be open during WildLanterns.

Zoomazium Hours

Zoomazium is scheduled to be open for the duration of WildLanterns, however hours of operation may vary based on staff availability.

Corporate Events

Please send your event information to brambleandwoodevents@zoo.org for information on how we can assist you with your holiday festivities!



Sensory Friendly Nights


Enjoy the beauty and magic of the holiday season during WildLanterns Sensory Friendly nights.

On November 20, December 11, 2024 and January 9, 2025; WildLanterns will feature special low sensory experiences to provide a comfortable holiday adventure for everyone. This inclusive program, designed to cater to individuals and families of all abilities and requirements, will offer a warm and festive atmosphere amidst the captivating beauty of the holiday season and is welcome to all!

Zoomazium will transform into Zoomazium Nightlights, a designated low-sensory space with dimmed lighting and with owls and wind hooting and howling softly in the background. Families and guests will find a giant light-bright set up, along with several night themed activities like neon coloring, light up lawn games, and a rotating activity facilitated by Zoomazium Instructors each night at 6:30 p.m.. Come enjoy a quieter moment with reduced sensory input during your visit to WildLanterns.

WildLanterns Social Story

Additional Resources Available

  • Accessibility FAQs on the WildLanterns webpage with a social story
  • Guest map with sensory friendly identifiers
  • Sensory items available for check out at Guest Services
  • Specialized docent carts (at Zoomazium and Discovery Loop during Sensory Friendly Nights only)
  • Close captioning at Tianyu cultural performances
  • Assisted listening devices available upon advanced request


  • Closed Captioning introductions at the cultural performances will be available every night
  • WildLanterns social story and video preview will be available during the whole event
  • Sensory Items will be available at West, South Guest Services and Zoomazium (when open)
  • Assistive Listening Devices for the cultural performances will be available for check-out from South Guest Services




Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

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