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WildLanterns at Woodland Park

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WildLanterns at Woodland Park Zoo: Tickets on sale for 2021

Tickets are on sale for the Seattle holiday event that replaced WildLights.

Update, Sept. 16, 2021: WildLanterns at Woodland Park Zoo

Time to start thinking about the holidays!

Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo has announced the 2021-22 dates for WildLanterns, the new holiday light event that’s in its second year. It is a “a larger-than-life, immersive experience” in which the zoo is illuminated by large-scale animal and naturescape lanterns.

Photo: Tianyu Arts & Culture

Features will include a tunnel of lanterns more than 130 feet long, plus highlights such as a 15-foot-tall illuminated giraffe.

In addition, the Living Northwest exhibit will feature lantern versions of familiar creatures like grizzly bears, eagles and mountain goats. The Jungle Lights exhibit will feature more exotic species such as snow leopards, tigers and gorillas. The SeaMazium exhibit will feature underwater and aquatic creatures. Finally, herds of giraffe, zebra and more will roam the African Savanna exhibit.

WildLanterns runs 4 to 8:30 p.m. daily, Nov. 12-Jan. 30, 2022. Exceptions: It will be closed most Mondays (but open Dec. 20 and 27) and also closed Nov. 25, Dec. 24-25.

Tickets should be purchased in advance. Members get a 20% discount. Onsite parking is available beginning at 3:30 p.m. for $5.

COVID safety notes: To limit the number of visitors inside the zoo at any given time, visitors will purchase tickets with a specific entrance time and are asked not to arrive early. More details and FAQ here.

Here’s how one family liked it last year

P.S.: ZooLights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma is another fun option. Dates TBD. Check back often for more 2021 holiday events in Seattle’s Child.

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Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 13-year-old girl.