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Wild Lights Returns to the Louisville Zoo Tickets on Sale Now (Media Release)

Contact:  Kyle Shepherd
(O) 502-238-5331 (C) 502-744-5639  

The Louisville Zoo is excited to announce the return of its popular lantern festival. Back for the fifth year with a lineup of new lanterns, Wild Lights runs select nights March 23 through May 19. Tickets are on sale now at

Wild Lights guests will venture through the Zoo’s 1.4-mile path and experience hand-crafted, illuminated art displays. The event will feature more than 60 individual displays in themed areas depicting nature, coral reefs and Chinese mythology. Select area highlights include a blooming morning glory corridor, a 23-foot-tall octopus and a walk-through phoenix tunnel. Interactive lanterns invite guests to enhance the experience by powering lantern movements, competing in games and more. This 38-night immersive event features live cultural performances including Chinese folk dances, acrobatics and more. There will also be unique handcrafted goods available for purchase along with snacks and cocktails by Service Systems Associates — the Zoo’s food and amenity vendor.

The event is wheelchair and stroller-friendly on a paved path. The festival is a rain or shine event and will be held 7 – 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday nights from March 23 – May 19, 2024. In addition, Wild Lights will run every night during JCPS Spring Break, April 1 – 5, 2024. The Zoo will host a special preview night exclusively for Louisville Zoo members on March 22.

Wild Lights is in partnership with Stewart Promotions and Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc., an international event design company.

PRICING (children under 3 do not require a ticket)
Tickets are available for purchase in advance online only.

Thursday and Sundays
General Admission:  $22 adults ages 12 – 59; $18 Children ages 3 – 11/Seniors ages 60+
Louisville Zoo Members:  $20 adults ages 12 – 59; $16 Children ages 3 – 11/Seniors ages 60+

Fridays and Saturdays
General Admission:  $23 adults ages 12 – 59; $19 Children ages 3 – 11/Seniors ages 60+
Louisville Zoo Members:  $21 adults ages 12 – 59; $17 Children ages 3 – 11/Seniors ages 60+

All Wild Lights days:
Family 4 Pack General Admission:  $70
Family 4 Pack Members:  $60

Active-duty military discount (with valid ID): $18 single ticket (up to three family members)
Active military family pack: $65

New for 2024, there are a limited number of “Anytime Tickets” redeemable for any night of the event available for purchase.

Tickets to the March 22 exclusive member preview night will be $16 per person (not age variable) and $55 for a Family 4 Pack.

Regular daytime Zoo admission tickets and Wild Lights tickets must be purchased separately. Parking for this event is $7 and can be purchased in advance online or at the Zoo admission windows. For more information, visit


The Louisville Zoo, the State Zoo of Kentucky, is the top, non-profit, paid attraction in the state. The Zoo is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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