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November 23, 2018 - January 5, 2019
Closed December 24 & 25, 2018

Ticket Information

WildLights tickets go on sale November 1, 2018


Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow

Seattle's wildest holiday lights festival returns with sparkling lights, faux snowball fights, up close animal encounters, hot chocolate and family delights. Experience brand new wild and wonderful light displays that will be featured throughout the zoo including a holiday light spectacular at the zoo’s south entrance which will now be open throughout the run of WildLights.

Early Bird Tickets

(Tickets purchased from 11/1/18 through 12/13/18)

Adult:  $11.95
Child:  $9.95
Corporate:  $10.50
Member:  $9.95

General Admission Tickets

(Tickets purchased from 12/14/18 through 1/5/19)

Adult:  $14.95
Child:  $11.95
Corporate and member early bird discounts are not available 12/14/18 through 1/5/19.


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. 




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. 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.

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!



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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