WildLanterns 2023 @ Woodland Park Zoo

Explore after dark 🌙

📸: Tiera Nhem

📅 November 10, 2023 – January 14, 2024
Tuesdays – Sundays: 4 – 9 p.m.
📍 Woodland Park Zoo: 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle
🎟️Free – $36.95

Open now through January 14
Now that Halloween has come and gone, it’s only a matter of time before the holidays begin encroaching in on our consciousness. Ice skating, markets and parades, and of course, holiday music is all slowly creeping back. Also making its annual return to Seattle is WildLanterns presented by BECU on November 10th at Woodland Park Zoo.

This year, there’ll be plenty of new lanterns and themed zones to marvel at. Begin in either the Land of Winter Wonders at the West Entrance or at the South Entrance’s PACCAR Auditorium with Tianyu Cultural Performances right below the Daisy Corridor. Other zones include: the family-friendly Interactive Zone with illusions and games, the Finely Feathered Friends Zone with giant parrots and toucans, the Bugs and Blooms Zone, the Giant Panda Parkway, and finally the Fantastical Folklore Realm with all manner of mythical creatures.

November 5th, December 6th, and January 11th are also Sensory Friendly Nights. During these nights, the Zoomazium transforms into Zoomazium NightLights, with lower lighting, calming, ambient forest sounds, and a shadow puppet area with other interactive stations for kiddos. The zoo offers sensory tools like fidgets, sensory brushes, weighted items, and noise-cancelling headphones at the Zoomazium, West, or South Guest Services through WildLanterns’ run.

Here are some notes on closures and hours from their site:

WildLanterns will be closed Mondays (except for December 11th and 18th and January 1, 2024). WildLanterns will be open New Year’s Day. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas day.

Beginning in January 2024, WildLanterns will change to a Thursday – Sunday weekly opening and will be closed Mondays through Wednesdays.

Founded in 1899, Woodland Park Zoo sparks delight, discovery, and unforgettable memories for generations of Northwest families.

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