presented by BECU

November 10, 2023 – January 14, 2024



WildLanterns map



Closure Dates

WildLanterns will be closed Mondays (except for December 11th and 18th and January 1, 2024). WildLanterns will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas day. WildLanterns will be open New Year’s Day.

Beginning on January 2, 2024, WildLanterns will change to a Thursday – Sunday weekly opening and will be closed Mondays through Wednesdays.





An immersive, interactive, larger-than-life experience unlike any in the Northwest!

WildLanterns presented by BECU returns this winter with brand-new lanterns and themed zones, along with some returning fan favorites, that will “wow” anyone, no matter their age!




Experience the Zoo Like Never Before

Begin your breathtaking journey through a world of themed lanterns at the Land of Winter Wonders. Here, witness a magical snow world with glistening ice and picture yourself in one of the world's polar regions. Continue to the family-favorite Interactive Zone where illusions and games galore are sure to cause excitement. Journey on to the Fine Feathered Friends zone where birds are the theme, giant illuminated species include parrots and toucans! Giant spiders and a corridor of vibrant flowers are two highlights of the next display, Bugs and Blooms. Linger in the Giant Panda Parkway where you’ll observe numerous lanterns of the iconic Chinese species in a display of stunning cherry. Finally marvel at the mythical animals of Fantastical Folklore Realm, can you find the White Dragon or the Pegasus?




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 15 and December 6, 2023 and January 11, 2024; 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 sensory friendly space with dimmed lighting and owls and wind hooting and howling softly in the background. Families and guests will find a giant light-bright set up in the back next to the tree and some shadowboxes where they can create their own scenes. Specialized discovery stations and closed captioning will also be available. Additionally, the volume of the music and sound effects on the zoo’s Historic Carousel will be lowered during the Sensory Friendly Nights.

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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