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Zoolights 2021

Photo: Oona Copperhill for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Zoolights 2021: outdoor holiday fun at Point Defiance Zoo

Tickets available now for the popular Point Defiance event, which opens Nov. 26.

A popular Puget Sound-area holiday tradition is back: Zoolights 2021.

ZoolightsThe outdoor, walk-through light display opens Nov. 26 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma. The details are things we’re accustomed to: smaller crowds, timed admission tickets, masks on everyone 5 and older — and hand sanitizer everywhere.

Point Defiance becomes a colorful winter wonderland with more than 700,000 LED lights representing Northwest landmarks and zoo creatures. In addition, there are whimsical animal scenes; for instance, sledding penguins!

Indoor attractions — aquariums, carousel and 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 be ready to walk. Also, crowd sizes will be limited, but it’s up to each family to keep safe with social distancing.

Advance online purchase of timed tickets will be required. [ Related: Read about one family’s experience at Zoolights in 2020. ]

Zoolights 2021 details:

Zoolights is open 4:30-10 p.m. nightly Nov. 26 through Jan. 2. Last entry is at 9 p.m., and sometimes it’s easier to get tickets for later entry times.

Also: Zoolights will be closed Dec. 24-25 but open Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

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Check Seattle’s Child often for more 2021 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 13-year-old girl.