Wild lights (2023)

March 10 – May 21, 2023;  Thursdays – Sundays*
* Open nightly April 3 – 7 for spring break

The fun starts at 6:30 p.m.
Advance online ticket required.
This is an outdoor event. 

Experience Wild Lights: Around the World – with NEW lanterns at the Louisville Zoo!

Our popular lantern festival is back in a WHOLE NEW WAY! Experience unique locations from around the world as you stroll through the Zoo under the light of enormous, handcrafted, silk-covered lanterns. Don’t miss the thrilling sights of the region’s largest lantern festival with thousands of lanterns aglow with more than 50,000 LED light bulbs.

Dramatic archways illuminate the way on a magical journey encompassing the famous landmarks, flora and fauna of six continents. From the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the Sydney Opera House, to the Hall of Supreme Harmony and the Great Sphinx of Giza, displays celebrating these breathtaking global sites will amaze guests of all ages. Feast your eyes on dramatic cultural displays celebrating the rich heritage and craftsmanship of lantern artisans. Engage with interactive, animated and color-changing displays. Commemorate your visit with awe-inspiring photos at our stunning photo opportunity locations. Kids (and kids at heart) can become part of the magic while swaying on our glowing moonlight swings or exploring the panda game station! The wonder of Wild Lights is sure to create glowing smiles and bright, everlasting memories.

RESERVE TICKETS BELOW

Advance tickets are required and are valid for the date and time listed on the ticket only. Be sure to apply the $7 parking fee to your order, otherwise you will be charged at the Zoo’s admission windows.

Zoo
Members
Non-
Members
Family Four Pack (Online) $55
$65
Individual (Ages 3+) (Online) $17 $20
Children 2 and under FREE FREE
Parking (per car, inclusive of sales tax) $7 $7
If you are a current Zoo member, prices will reflect your discount upon validation of your membership details in the cart/at checkout. Please do not purchase regular priced tickets covered by your membership. If you are having trouble with your purchase please call (502) 459-2287 or email ZooMembership@louisvilleky.gov.

Purchase Online      TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

Zoo
Members
Non-
Members
Family Four Pack (Online) $65
$75
Individual Online (Ages 3+) (Online) $19 $22
Children 2 and under FREE FREE
Parking (per car, inclusive of sales tax) $7 $7
If you are a current Zoo member, prices will reflect your discount upon validation of your membership details in the cart/at checkout. Please do not purchase regular priced tickets covered by your membership. If you are having trouble with your purchase please call (502) 459-2287 or email ZooMembership@louisvilleky.gov.

Purchase Online     TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

Wild Lights is a rain or shine event. No refunds, rain checks or exchanges are available for this important fundraiser. When purchasing tickets online, make sure your email is correct to receive your tickets. This event features elements that can be photosensitive. Guests who are prone to seizures or have light sensitivity should be aware. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What to expect when you arrive at the festival, information about tickets, lanterns and answers to all your frequently asked questions.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Captivating performances return nightly to the MetaZoo stage. Enjoy nightly shows featuring traditional Chinese performances including the amazing lightning-fast mask changes of Sichuan Opera, traditional Chinese dances, unforgettable acrobatic acts, and the amazing art of the Long Mouth Tea Pot Show. You won’t want to miss this stunning variety of cultural performances that have been practiced and performed for hundreds of years.

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FOOD AND BEVERAGES

Enjoy snacks while you stroll including pretzels, cotton candy, chicken tenders and so much more. For those 21+, upgrade your lantern experience with one of our signature Wild Lights cocktails. Choose from the tantalizing Chinese 5-Spice KY Mule, refreshing Asian Pear Sangria, Frozen Bourbon & Cola, Frozen Wine and, of course, Beer!  We also offer ICEEs, non-alcoholic beverages and Pepsi products!
Food locations and availability are subject to change. 

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RETROSPECTIVE & SNEAK PREVIEW

As we wait for the new lanterns to arrive from China, take a stroll through some of our previous favorites.

Also included in the video is a sneak preview of what you can expect to see in 2023!

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