presented by Sound Credit Union

November 13, 2020 – January 17, 2021
4:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Closed Mondays and November 26 and December 24 & 25

Ticket Information



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A New Lights Festival

This year, discover a brand-new lantern festival: WildLanterns presented by Sound Credit Union. WildLanterns will take the place of our traditional WildLights event this year.


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Ticket Prices

$28.95 for Adults (Ages 13+)
$23.95 for Children (Ages 3-12)
Toddlers (Ages 2 and under) are free

To limit the number of guests inside the zoo at any given time, visitors will purchase tickets with a specific entrance time. Guests and members should avoid arriving earlier than 5 minutes prior to their entry time. If you arrive early, please wait inside your vehicle if possible.

Face coverings required for entry (ages 5+) and during the duration of your visit.

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


Experience the Zoo Like Never Before

Begin your expedition by strolling through the Living Northwest exhibit with lanterns of animals many of us are familiar with, including grizzly bears, eagles and mountain goats. Next, march through the magical Jungle Lights exhibit, where you’ll find lanterns of some of the most elusive creatures, such as snow leopards, tigers and gorillas. Your journey then takes a dive into the depths of the SeaMazium exhibit, filled with underwater and aquatic creatures, including sea turtles, jellyfish and seals. Finally, safari the African Savanna exhibit and discover herds of giraffe, zebra and much more!


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An immersive experience featuring large scale animal and nature scape lanterns representing wild places from around the globe!

Explore the zoo like never before with a brand-new lantern festival unlike any in the Northwest! WildLanterns presented by Sound Credit Union offers a larger-than-life, immersive experience that will “wow” anyone, no matter their age!


Shop the ZooStore

The west ZooStore will be open during WildLanterns. The south ZooStore will be closed.


Zoomazium and Historic Carousel will be closed during WildLanterns.

Corporate Events

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

Food Options

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

Festive snacks will be available for purchase at the pizza trailer on the North Meadow, and at Gather and Graze where covered seating will be provided. Food kiosks will also be dispersed throughout the pathways. The inside of the 1899 Grove (formerly the Rain Forest Food Pavilion) and the Briar Oak barn, by the North Meadow, will be closed during WildLanterns.



WildLanterns Photo Contest presented by T-Mobile

Share Your Illuminated Photos!

Tag @WoodlandParkZoo or #WoodlandParkZoo along with #WildLanterns to enter the Woodland Park Zoo T-Mobile WildLanterns Photo Contest!

Enter Nov 13, 2020 - Jan 17, 2021 for a chance to win a Wild Meet & Greet for you and up to four friends. Winner will be announced at the end of the season.

Read official contest rules and details

Need an extra challenge?

While you are enjoying WildLanterns, see if you can you snap all six prompts: A Cozy Spot, Something Sweet, Instagrammable, For the Animals, Hidden Gem, Best in Glow




Phinney Business Discounts During WildLanterns

We love our neighborhood!

Woodland Park Zoo guests (including members) will receive a 10% discount on items sold at participating Phinney businesses during WildLanterns. Guests must show a valid zoo admission or membership card.

Participating businesses:

Ada’s, Modern Japanese Cuisine, The Park Public House, The Whit’s End, Windy City Pie, and Zeeks Pizza



The zoo will close early at 2:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 26, 2020.