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Wild Lights: Asian Lantern Festival Presented by T-Mobile (POSTPONED)

March 12, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


In an abundance of caution, the Zoo has cancelled the Wild Lights event for this Thursday, March 12, 2020 due to the severe weather in the area. Ticket holders for this evening may use their tickets on any other night of the Wild Lights event. To attend on a different night, simply proceed as usual and have your ticket scanned at the gate. No additional actions are needed on your part.

If you need further assistance with your tickets for this evening, please contact us here.

The event is planned to resume as normal on Friday, March 13. Wild Lights is a rain or shine event, however guests may follow our website and the Zoo’s social media for any future developments.



See the Zoo in a whole new light at the largest lantern display in the region!

More than 2,000 intricate lanterns displayed in 65 larger-than-life scenes will illuminate the Zoo this spring. Join us on a fantastical journey along our 1.4 mile trail alongside favorites like a 130-foot-long dragon, walk-­through shark tunnel, fairy forest and more! Interactive displays let you become part of the magic as you leap from lily pad to lily pad, glide through the air on our amazing swings that change color as your soar and pose with our wondrous glowing wings.

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Wild Lights at the Louisville Zoo offers more than just lanterns. Stop by our entertainment stage to take a break from the trail and view traditional Chinese performances live 3 times each night. Embark on a culinary adventure with us as you enjoy specialty food and drink items offered throughout the Zoo. Visit artisans for handcrafted goods representing years of Chinese culture, some crafted just for you right before your eyes. Wild Lights is sure to be an unforgettable experience for guests of all ages!

Health and the Zoo

To ensure social distancing at this event, the Zoo will be capping attendance of the lantern festival each night to a comfortable 3,500 guests during the 4-hour event spread over the Zoo’s 90 acres. For regular Zoo hours, we will keep guests updated on whether the park is busy at LouisvilleZoo.org/health and social media channels.

Specialty food item locations:

Kentucky Canteen (Front Plaza)

  • Sapporo Japanese Beer
  • Hot Chocolate (select nights only)

Lakeside Smokehouse (Ropes Course)

  • Bahn Mi Sandwich
  • KY5 Spice Mule
  • Hibiscus Bourbon Punch
  • Hot Chocolate (select nights only)
  • Bailey’s Hot Chocolate (select nights only)
  • Cinnamon Sugar Wonton Crisps
  • Sake (Rice Wine)

Wild Burger (Australia Area)

  • Sesame Ginger Burger
  • Crispy Thai Chicken Sandwhich
  • Cheeseburger Spring Roll
  • KY5 Spice Mule
  • Hibiscus Bourbon Punch
  • Hot Chocolate (select nights only)
  • Bailey’s Hot Chocolate (select nights only)
  • Sake (Rice Wine)

Dragon Shack (Snow Leopard Pass)

  • Sapporo Japanese Beer
  • Sake (Rice Wine)
  • Spring Rolls
  • Chinese Sugar Donuts



March 12, 2020
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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