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

From free to fancy, where to bask in winter sparkle in 2022

Nancy Chaney

Published on: November 10, 2022

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

An giant interactive praying mantis lantern at Woodland Park Zoo's 2022 WildLanterns show
One of the featured lanterns at WildLanterns at Woodland Park Zoo in 2022. Credit: Nancy Chaney

WildLanterns at Woodland Park Zoo

Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo brings back its popular holiday light show, WildLanterns, for a third year. WildLanterns guests walk the zoo paths, which are lined with huge and colorful lanterns in shapes of animals from across the zoo and the globe. Journey into different themed zones starting with the insect world and expect new lanterns and old favorites as you move along the way through Africa, Asia and more. Book tickets in advance. Daytime admission to Woodland Park Zoo is not included with WildLanterns tickets.

Dates: WildLanterns opens Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, and runs through Jan. 22, 2023. The show is closed on select Mondays and Thursdays, Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day), and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 24–25. Nightly hours are 4–9 p.m. New this year, sensory-friendly nights are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 16, Tuesday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Jan. 12.

Cost: Tickets cost $29.95–$34.95 for adults and teens ages 13 and older; $25.95–$29.95 for children ages 3–12, depending on the night; tots ages 2 and younger enter free. Zoo members receive a 20-percent discount. Book your timed-entry tickets online. Parking in the zoo’s lots costs $6.

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