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

All photos by Cheryl Landes

More than a half million lights bring the holiday spirit alive at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma.

Walk under a giant octopus when you enter the zoo.

entrance

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.

camels

Point Defiance Zoo and 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 New Year’s Day, 5-9 p.m., except Christmas Eve. Admission is $10 at the gate or $8 online ages 3 and older, and free ages 2 and younger (buy tickets). 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 $16 adults 13-64, $15.50 seniors 65 and older, $14 youth ages 5-12, $12 tots ages 3-4, and free ages 2 and younger.

For more information, visit the Zoolights webpage or call (253) 591-5337.

 

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