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November 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 5:00pm, repeating until January 1, 2018


It’s almost that most wonderful time of the year when more than 650,000 brilliant, energy-efficient lights become whimsical and realistic animal shapes, plus local landmarks, cover the grounds at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. This year’s Zoolights celebrates sea creatures in honor of the planned opening next summer of the new Pacific Seas Aquarium. Tickets are now on sale for Zoolights, the Puget Sound region’s longest running and most-loved holiday lights extravaganza. Zoolights begins Nov. 24 and runs through Jan. 1. Hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly, except for a one-night closure on Dec. 24.

Highlights include:

  • A 100-foot-giant, color-changing octopus
  • A huge orange-and-white crab with moving pincers
  • A sensational 8-foot-long sea turtle
  • Hammerhead sharks
  • Majestic eagle rays, giant jellyfish and an array of other sea creatures

Find a colorful aardvark digging on a termite mound. Look for a Tiger-riffic 17-foot-tall roaring tiger head. Spot leaping leopards, hopping frogs and swinging siamangs. Watch soaring eagles swooping after salmon. Laugh at sledding penguins. See puffins ice skating. Enjoy a tableau of a wondrous walrus family. Be inspired by a trio of polar bears on ice floes. Smile as a tiger cub chases a butterfly. Marvel at a 23-foot-high replica of Mount Rainier, complete with glaciers, sitting majestically atop the North Pacific Aquarium. Take a selfie with an old flame – the 30,030-light green-and-purple Flame Tree. Get in the spirit of the Northwest’s favorite football time by basking in the flow of the 12th Man Tree over in the Seahawks’ Zone Everywhere visitors look, there are lights, lights and more lights.

General Admission at the gate: $10 per person. Discounted tickets are just $8.50 per person, available at www.pdza.org/zoolights. They also may be purchased at the Customer Service counters of all Puget Sound-area Fred Meyer stores. (Children 2 and younger are admitted at no charge): Zoo members: $5 per person online at www.pdza.org/zoolights or at the Front Gate. Military Discount Nights, Nov. 27 and 29 and Dec. 4, 6, 11 and 13: $8 per person (available at the Front Gate only). Parking is free. Zoolights is presented by Fred Meyer with support from KING 5. For more information, go to pdza.org/zoolights.


November 26, 2017
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
5400 N Pearl St
Tacoma, Washington 98407
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