Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium


Zoolights, which began in 1988 with a big dream and several displays of animals around the zoo’s grounds, is celebrating its 30th annual edition in 2017 with dozens of lighted tableaus and colorful figurines and more than 650,000 energy-efficient LEDs. It opens the day after Thanksgiving – 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.

Visitors will “swim” into a sea of wonder from the moment they enter the zoo.

A dramatic scene featuring a 100-foot-wide octopus, an 8-foot-long sea turtle, a crab with moving pincers, hammerhead sharks, eagle rays and other sea creatures will cover the zoo’s main lawn in a sea of ocean blue lights.
Jellyfish and other sea animals will illuminate the site of the under-construction Pacific Seas Aquarium, which is due to open next summer.

The 2017 edition of Zoolights will be an eye-popping marriage of longtime favorite displays like the 30,030-light purple-and-green Flame Tree with new creations like the scene that might have visitors believing they’ve taken a deep dive under the sea.

Tickets are:
- $5 for zoo members at the Front Gate and online.
- $8.50 general admission online and at the Customer Service desk in all Puget Sound area Fred Meyer stores beginning in early November.
- $10 general admission at the Front Gate.
- Children 2 and under are admitted at no charge.
- Parking is free.

  • Friday, Nov. 24 - Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
  • Phone: (253) 226-6718
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Admission Varies; see below for more information
Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
  • November 24, 2017 to January 2, 2018
  • Admission Varies; see below for more information