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Zoolights 2020

Photo: Oona Copperhill for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Zoolights 2020: outdoor holiday fun at Point Defiance Zoo

Tickets available now for the popular Point Defiance event, which opens Nov. 27.

A popular Puget Sound-area holiday tradition is back: Zoolights 2020.

ZoolightsThe outdoor, walk-through light display will open Nov. 27 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma with some changes we’re growing accustomed to in the COVID era: smaller crowds, timed admission tickets, masks required on everyone 5 and older — and hand sanitizer everywhere.

Point Defiance becomes a colorful winter wonderland with more than 700,000 LED lights reprsenting Northwest landmarks, zoo creatures and whimsical animal scenes like sledding penguins.

Indoor attractions — the aquariums, the carousel and the main Plaza Cafe — will be closed during Zoolights, but outdoor food and gift kiosks will be open. (Hot cocoa break, anyone?) Dress for the weather and prepare to stretch those legs and see the sights! Crowd sizes will be limited, but it’s up to each family to help keep the proper social distance.

Tickets are on sale. Advance online purchase is required.

Zoolights 2020 will run 5 to 9 p.m. nightly Nov. 27 through Jan. 3 (closed Dec. 24-25).

More details here about safety protocols and more. Also, tips to enhance your experience such as planning a midweek visit. (The zoo also says it’s sometimes less crowded after 8 p.m., if you can wait that long!)


Also: Woodland Park switches things up for 2020, launches WildLanterns holiday show

Check Seattle’s Child often for more 2020 holiday fun!

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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 12-year-old girl.