Zoolights Returns with New Safety Protocols

“We’ve reimagined Zoolights to bring the same magic while keeping everyone safe.”

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will transform into a bright and colorful winter wonderland for its 32nd annual Zoolights this holiday season, starting Nov. 27.

“We are thrilled to continue the longstanding tradition of Zoolights for our community during this challenging time,” said zoo director Alan Varsik. “We’ve reimagined Zoolights to bring the same magic while keeping everyone safe.”

Guests will be immersed in a stunning sea of lights. Local landmarks, like the towering 23-foot-high Mount Rainier and two Narrows Bridges, a sprawling 100-foot pink-and-orange octopus, a giant crab with moving pincers, and several 8-foot-long sea turtles, will be among the familiar favorites, along with whimsical animal scenes like sledding penguins, ice skating puffins, a walrus family, and a trio of polar bears.

Zoolights will run through Jan. 3 from 5–9 p.m. daily, except for a two-night closure on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Both aquariums and the carousel will be closed for the safety of guests during Zoolights. Outdoor food and gift kiosks will be open. The aquariums will be open during the day for guests who visit the zoo.

Tickets can be purchased at pdza.org/zoolights.

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