presented by BECU

November 10, 2023 – January 14, 2024



How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online at www.zoo.org/wildlanterns or in person at the zoo.

Can I reschedule my tickets?

Yes, you can. Just use the link within your confirmation email and choose a new date. If you encounter any errors or issues trying to reschedule, please contact zooinfo@zoo.org.

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

No. Since WildLanterns is a special fundraiser event, an admission discount will not apply outside of the Buy Early and Save discount through September 30, 2023.

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. Members need to be logged in to their account to receive the discount, and then the member discount will be automatically applied in the cart.

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?

There will be several food options available during WildLanterns. Specific offerings to be announced at a later date.

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. Outside alcohol is prohibited.

Will guests need to pay for parking?

Yes, the price is $6 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 to 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 the 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.




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.

5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103   |  206.548.2500  |   zooinfo@zoo.org

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