Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
The outdoor event boasts more than 80 lighted zoo-animal figurines and multiple-piece scenes, half a million lights and a quarter-century of dedication to providing families from across Washington with affordable, holiday-season family entertainment.
In addition to longtime visitor favorites like the gorgeous green-and-purple Flame Tree, the twin Tacoma Narrows bridges, an eagle swooping down to catch a salmon, ice skating puffins, carousel and camel rides and hot chocolate, there’s a lot new at Zoolights this year.
- A 24,000-light, 100-foot Giant Pacific Octopus sits atop the North Pacific Aquarium, a huge addition to Zoolights this year.
- ZOOM, a complex of two challenge and zip line courses, will open in a wooded area of the zoo. The Super Kid and Discovery courses will test mental toughness and physical agility for kids as young as 5 all the way up through adventure-seeking adults of any age.
- Four-month old cubs Berani, a Malayan tiger, and Dumai, a Sumatran tiger, will be on exhibit during Zoolights. They’re not just adorable, they’re wonderful ambassadors for their endangered species.
- Scuba-diving Santa is back for an encore in 2012. He will be in full Santa suit as he swims with the sharks, delighting aquarium visitors at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the Zoolights run. (He does, however, have things to do on Dec. 25, so he won’t make an appearance that night. And he’s taking Jan. 1 off to rest up.)
General Admission Tickets:
Fred Meyer stores: $7.25 per person.
Zoo members: $4.25 per person. (Must be purchased online or at the zoo’s main gate.)
At-the-gate: $8.50 per person.
The Zoolights Value Pass costs $15.75 for adults; $15.25 for senior citizens; $14.75 for youths from 5 to 12; and $12.75 for tots, 3 and 4.
There is no admission charge for children 2 and under.
Parking is free.
Zoolights is presented by Fred Meyer with support from Russell Investments, Tacoma Power, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center and KING 5.
For more information, visit the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium website.