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WildLights is closed for the season


Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow

Seattle's wildest holiday lights festival returns with sparkling lights, faux snowball fights, reindeer, hot chocolate and family delights.


Book a Private Holiday Party

Experience a winter wonderland at Woodland Park Zoo’s annual WildLights! Enjoy one of our unique indoor venues, suitable for groups of 20-400, for your holiday gathering this year.

WildLights Planning Packet
Lancer Holiday Menu

For more information and to book your party, email groupsales@zoo.org


Group and Corporate Tickets

Purchasing 20 or more tickets? Bulk ticket discounts apply to groups. Select corporate partners may be eligible for group discounts as well. 

Contact tours@zoo.org for more information



Wildlights Activities

Don’t miss these activities and special events


The Winter Warm-Up

All Ages Welcome!

Guests 21 and older can enjoy a selection of beer, wine, mulled wine and spiced hot cider while cozying-up under the covered space. Open every night.

Guests of all ages can fill up with food options including a hot bowl of chowder and pizza. Keep warm with winter favorites including hot chocolate and fresh, hot donuts.

Enjoy a special area from Green Solutions that will be covered and heated. Plus, enjoy the toasty heat of the WildLights fire pits.

Creatures are stirring

While the zoo’s animals will be tucked in for the night, select indoor exhibits will be open to explore, such as the Adaptations Building, home to meerkats and nocturnal animals such as sloths and fruit bats. 

Check the calendar for additional ambassador animal encounters on Fridays through Sundays.

Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow

More than 600,000 energy-efficient LED lights recreate wild animals and wild places in two and three dimensions along the zoo’s pathways and North Meadow.

Shop the ZooStore for holiday gifts

Don't miss out on the most unique gifts you can find for the animal lovers in your pack! Pick up nature-inspired holiday decor and gifts for all ages at the ZooStore.

#WPZWildLights Photo Contest

Share your brightest smiles using #wpzwildlights for a chance to win an awesome zoo prize package.

Take a night ride on the carousel

The festively lit Historic Carousel is open nightly for WildLights guests ($2 per ride)

Indoor snowball fight in Snowmazium

Family winter fun! Build a snow creature, hear a snow story—and watch out, a snowball fight can break out at any time!

Super Hero Night

December 2, 2017

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a bunch of superheroes! Woodland Park Zoo is excited to welcome three members of the Justice League’s Big Seven – Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman – to attend Superhero Night at WildLights on Saturday, December 2nd. The action-packed evening will include meet-and-greet and photo opportunities with the caped crusaders, superhero themed crafts, a super hero photo booth, and faux snowball fights with the superheroes inside Snowmazium. So come dressed as your favorite super hero and enjoy all kinds of super fun! Special thanks to Princess Party Productions Seattle for flying in super heroes for our special evening at Woodland Park Zoo

Visit Princess Party Productions Seattle to find out more

Galactic Lights at WildLights

December 12, 2017

Come celebrate Galactic Lights at WildLights on December 12th! The zoo is including an out of this world theme night with characters from a galaxy far, far away, including an unforgettable nighttime lightsaber performance from Saber Guild Jet City Temple!

Find out more

Harlem Globetrotters Night

December 13, 2017

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to WildLights! Meet one of the players December 13th inside Snowmazium and watch him perform amazing tricks with our faux snow balls, mini basketballs and more! You can also use the promo code ZOO to receive $7 off your ticket to any of the five Harlem Globetrotters shows at Key Arena, Xfinity Arena, or ShoWare Center, thanks to our friends at Xfinity.



Frequently Asked Questions



How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online at www.zoo.org/wildlights beginning Nov. 9, 2017. Tickets may also be purchased at zoo gates during regular zoo hours and during WildLights hours, tickets may be purchased at the West Entrance only. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online to avoid lines. 


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 WildLights is a special fundraiser event, an admission discount will not apply.


Are online tickets purchased for WildLights redeemable for any evening?

Tickets purchased online or at zoo gates for WildLights will be sold on a general admission basis and can be redeemed on any single evening.


Do members get a discount?

Members receive a $2 discount off adult tickets for purchases made through Dec. 14, 2017. Discounted tickets may be used on any night of the event. Members can receive this discount online through the special membership link that will be emailed to them, or at a ticket window with a valid membership card.


What if it rains? Are there ticket refunds?

Sorry, WildLights is a rain or shine event—there will be no ticket refunds. Tickets purchased online can be used on other evenings. However, members and corporate discount guests need to purchase their discounted tickets 12/14/17 or prior.



Will food be available for purchase?

Festive snacks will be available for purchase at the Pizza Corner at the Rain Forest Food Pavilion, and at the Pacific Blue Chowder House where covered seating will be provided. Food kiosks will also be dispersed throughout the pathways. The inside of the Rain Forest Food Pavilion will be closed during WildLights for group events and holiday parties. 


Can visitors bring their own food to WildLights?

Yes, like ZooTunes concerts or a daytime visit to the zoo, visitors are permitted to bring their own food to WildLights. Outside alcohol is prohibited.  

Parking, Access and Entry

Will guests need to pay for parking?

To help reduce overflow parking in the surrounding neighborhoods, parking will be free this year. The north (Bear Lot), inner north (Otter Lot) and northwest lot (Penguin Lot) will open nightly; the southwest (Flamingo Lot), south (Hippo Lot) and lower Woodland lots will open as needed.


Will both gates be open for entry to WildLights?

Entry to the event will be through the West Entrance only on Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th & N. 56th Sts. or off N. 59th St. & Phinney Ave. N.


Do you have ADA parking close to the West Entrance?

We do have ADA stalls in the Otter Lot. 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, or utilizing the load zone in the Otter Lot.


How will guests parking in the south lot or lower Woodland Park get to the West Entrance?

Guests can either walk west on 50th street, then north on Phinney to access the event (about 10 minutes); or they can take a free shuttle on nights when it is available.


Will shuttle service be provided from any Park & Rides?

Sorry, we cannot provide shuttling from Park & Ride locations, however, we do encourage guests to consider taking the bus or carpooling. For bus service, visit www.metro.kingcounty.gov. Metro Route #5 provides direct service to and from the zoo’s West Entrance.


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

Sorry, but WildLights is an after-hours ticketed event. The zoo closes at 4:00 p.m. during the winter and visitors will be cleared off grounds before the West Entrance re-opens at 5:30 for the event.


Will strollers be permitted at WildLights?

Yes, strollers will be allowed along the open pathways for the event, with the exception of the Snowmazium due to limited space. There is designated stroller parking for those areas.


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