presented by BECU

November 12, 2021 – January 30, 2022
4:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Closed Mondays (except for December 20 & 27),
November 25 and December 24 & 25



Vaccine Verification Required (ages 12+)*

Vaccine verification is required for all WildLanterns guests ages 12+ in accordance with the King County public events mandate. All ticket holders in a party (ages 12+) must present proof of full vaccination* upon entry.

Accepted forms of verification are:

  • CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card or photo of card
  • Printed certificate or QR code from MyIRMobile.com
  • Other official immunization record from within or outside the United States, including from your health care provider. A photo or photocopy of this card is also acceptable.

Alternatively, if you are age 12+ and unvaccinated or cannot prove full vaccination status, you will be required to show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test from a testing provider taken no more than 72 hours prior to your scheduled visit.

No vaccination or testing requirements apply to guests under the age of 12.

Masks Required Outdoors and Indoors (ages 5+).**

*Fully vaccinated is defined as receiving final vaccination dose at least two weeks prior to your evening of event entry.
**Per the public events mandate, masks are required during WildLanterns, both outdoors and indoors for all guests ages 5+. Thanks for masking up!


Do I need to wear a face covering/mask? Can I visit without one?

Per the public events mandate, masks are required during WildLanterns, both outdoors and indoors for all guests ages 5+. Thanks for masking up!

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online at www.zoo.org/wildlanterns.

Will an admission discount be offered for active, retired, and veteran U.S. military and their families, seniors and people with physical disabilities?

No. Since WildLanterns is a special fundraiser event, an admission discount will not apply.

Are online tickets purchased for WildLanterns redeemable for any evening?

No, when purchasing a ticket for WildLanterns you will reserve your entry time on a specific date. They will not be redeemable for a different evening.

Do members get a discount?

Members receive a 20% discount off WildLanterns tickets. The member discount will be automatically applied when logged in with an active membership with your member ID linked on the MY ACCOUNT page.

Is this the same event as WildLights?

No, WildLanterns is not the same event as WildLights. WildLanterns is a brand-new experience at Woodand Park Zoo where the zoo will be illuminated by large-scale animal and nature scape lanterns.

What if it rains? Are there ticket refunds?

Sorry, WildLanterns is a rain or shine event—there will be no ticket refunds.

Will food be available for purchase?

Outdoor food service and grab-and-go options are available during WildLanterns.

Festive sweet and savory treats will be available for purchase at several locations around the zoo, including the Pizza Corner at 1899 Grove and at Gather and Graze where covered seating will be provided. Food kiosks will also be dispersed throughout the pathways including in West Plaza and near the historic Carousel. The inside of 1899 Grove and the Briar Oak barn, by the North Meadow, will be closed during WildLanterns.

Can visitors bring their own food to WildLanterns?

Yes, like a daytime visit to the zoo, visitors are permitted to bring their own food to WildLanterns. You will be required to be in our designated eating/drinking areas when consuming the food and beverage though. Outside alcohol is prohibited.

Will guests need to pay for parking?

Yes, the price is $5 for the day (+ taxes and fees) for parking in any of the Woodland Park Zoo parking lots for WildLanterns. This price is available after 3:30 p.m. Member parking discount does not apply to special events.

Will both gates be open for entry to WildLanterns?

Yes, both the South Entrance and the West Entrance will be available for entry to the event.  The South Gate will only be open for guests that already have tickets.  If you plan on purchasing a ticket when you arrive, please do so at the West Entrance.

West Entrance: 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
Cross streets: Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th and N. 56th St.

South Entrance: 750 N. 50th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
Located on N. 50th Street and accessed by the Hippo parking lot. Near the African Savanna exhibit.

Do you have ADA parking close to the entrance?

We do have ADA stalls located close to the West entrance. They tend to fill up, so if you have a member of your group with mobility challenges we recommend coming early to park as close as possible to the entrance.

Will shuttle service be provided from any Park & Rides?

Sorry, we cannot provide shuttling from Park & Ride locations.

If you’re already visiting the zoo, can you remain on grounds for WildLanterns?

Sorry, but WildLanterns is an after-hours ticketed event. The zoo closes at 3:00 p.m. during the winter and visitors will be cleared off grounds. The West and South Gates will re-open at 4:00 for the event.

Will strollers be permitted at WildLanterns?

Yes, strollers will be allowed along the open pathways for the event.



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