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Best Holiday Light Displays Around Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound

Where families can bask in winter sparkle in 2020

Nancy Chaney
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Published on: November 12, 2020

Best Holiday Light Displays Around Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound

giant octopus lantern WildLanterns new holiday light show at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo
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Octopus lantern featured at WildLanterns, debuting at Woodland Park Zoo in 2020. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

WildLanterns at Woodland Park Zoo

This year, Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo debuts a new holiday light show called WildLanterns, which replaces its previous light show WildLights. The zoo promises WildLanterns guests an immersive, walk-through experience featuring huge and colorful lanterns in the shape of animals from across the zoo and the globe. Families will walk a one-way path around the zoo, in addition to following other COVID safety measures, such as booking timed-entry tickets and wearing masks. Read up on full details at the website. Snacks will be available for purchase during WildLanterns and guests can also bring their own food, but purchased or personal food may only be consumed in designated areas. Woodland Park Zoo is also open during the day for regular zoo visits; timed-entry tickets and masks required.

Dates: WildLanterns opens Nov. 13 and runs through Jan. 17, 2021. The show is closed Mondays; it's also closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24–25. Nighly hours are 4–8:30 p.m.

Cost: Tickets cost $28.95 for adults and teens ages 13 and older; $23.95 for children ages 3–12; tots ages 2 and younger enter free. WildLights guests from previous years will notice this is a considerable price increase. Book your timed-entry tickets online. Parking in the zoo's lots costs $4. Zoo members receive a 20-percent discount.

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