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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


August 13, 2012


Zoo introduces new winter lights festival: WildLights presented by KeyBank

Gigi Allianic, Caileigh Robertson
206.548.2550 |


Zoo and will represent the zoo’s first ever winter lights festival. WildLights will be held Nov. 23-Jan. 1. Visit more information. Shown is an art concept of WildLights.

Rendering credit: Todd Nordling Concept Design


SEATTLE ‒ Woodland Park Zoo will be illuminated in a whole new light when its first ever winter lights festival, WildLights presented by KeyBank, premieres this winter, for children and adults alike.

The sparkling, after-hours event will kick off November 23 and continue through January 1, 5:30-8:30 nightly. WildLights will be closed December 24 and 25.

Approximately 375,000 energy-efficient LED lights will recreate wild animals and wild places in two and three dimensions along the zoo’s pathways and North Meadow. An animated display of nature’s wonder will be woven into the zoo’s famous greenery inspired by exotic destinations from across the globe, including “Northern Lights,” “The Water Hole” and “Jungle Lights.” Zoomazium, the zoo’s indoor nature play space, will be open for play and performances. While the zoo’s animals will be tucked in for the night, the Day Exhibit, a showcase of reptiles and amphibians, will be open, offering another indoor venue for the chilly evenings.

Other highlights will include visiting reindeer, the Historic Carousel (additional fee), entertainment and festive refreshments for purchase.

“KeyBank values contributing to the communities where we work,” said Rick Wirthlin, President of KeyBank’s Seattle-Cascades District. “We take joy and pride in supporting a new Seattle holiday tradition.”

“Conservation and education are at the core of our mission and so are fun and engaging events for families,” said the zoo’s President and CEO, Dr. Deborah Jensen. “In a very creative fashion, we’ll still be focusing on wild animals and wild places. The after-hours WildLights will allow us to spread the magic of the zoo outside the summer peak season. We hope the event becomes a winter tradition for families to bond and create cherished memories.”

Admission to WildLights will be $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for toddlers ages 0-2. From December 14 to January 1, admission will increase to $9.50 for adults. This is an after-hours ticketed event so regular zoo membership privileges will not apply. WildLights will be a rain or shine event ‒ there will be no ticket refunds.

Tickets to WildLights will go on sale in the fall and will be available online at daily. Night-of-event tickets will be for sale at the zoo’s West Entrance only, if not sold out.

Three exclusive members-only nights will be offered November 19, 20 and 21 with a flat admission fee of $6.50 per person for all ages, free for toddlers 2 and under.

To help reduce the impact of traffic and overflow parking in the surrounding neighborhoods, parking will be free Monday to Thursday evenings. From Friday to Sunday evenings, parking will be $5.25 but may be limited. Consider taking the bus, biking, walking or carpooling. Conserving resources is one more way to help animals. For bus service to the zoo, visit:

If companies would like to brighten their staff holiday, groups of 20 to 400 are encouraged to host their holiday party at WildLights. Contact for information on hosting a private party at WildLights. For more information about WildLights, visit, or call 206.548.2500 or 206.548.2599 (TDD).


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