Point Defiance’s ZooLights a magical way to celebrate the holiday season

All photos by Cheryl Landes

Updated November 29, 2018

More than 700,000 energy-efficient lights bring the holiday spirit alive at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma.

Walk under a giant octopus when you enter the zoo.

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Stroll pathways lined with twinkling trees and shrubs.

Cheer for the Seahawks at the 12th Man tree.

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See sea creatures all aglow in an underwater landscape. Then stop at three open aquariums to watch real sharks, jellyfish, seahorses, an octopus, and more.

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You’ll also see 3D sea creatures.

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Greet a python.

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Pet goats, ride the antique carousel, and ride a camel. Look for these lights to find the camel rides.

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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is located at 5400 N Pearl Street, on the northern tip of Point Defiance Park (view directions). Parking is free.

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ZooLights is open the day after Thanksgiving through January 6, 5-9 p.m., except Christmas Eve. Admission is $10 per person online or at Fred Meyer stores, or $12 at the gate (buy tickets online). Or choose a combo pass, which covers daytime entry to the zoo and allows you to stay after closing for ZooLights. Combo pass prices are $25 adults 13-64, $24 seniors 65 and older, $21 youth ages 5-12, $17 tots ages 3-4, and free ages 2 and younger.

On Military Nights, active duty members of the military, honorably discharged veterans, and dependents receive discounts. Admission is $9 per person at the gate with military ID or proof of service. There’s a 10% discount on meals, snacks, beverages, and items at the gift shop.

Military Nights are scheduled on these Monday and Wednesday nights:

  • November 26 and 28
  • December 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, and 19

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Campfire members wearing their pins and their guests receive discounted admission of $9 per person at the gate on Scout Night, Sunday, December 4, along with 10% off purchases at the gift shop.

Ticket discounts for Military Nights and Scout Night are not available online.

For more information, visit the ZooLights page or call (253) 404-3800.

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