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LumiNature Press Release

LumiNature Presented by Chase Glimmers Again at Philadelphia Zoo
A fantastical adventure, LumiNature transforms the Zoo from its daytime magic into a dazzling winter wonderland, taking guests on a magical multi-media expedition of lights, sounds and surprises!

PHILADELPHIA, PA— (October 7, 2021) —Philadelphia Zoo is thrilled to announce tickets go on sale for LumiNature on Friday, October 8th. This brilliant light extravaganza will glimmer again this holiday season, opening Thursday, November 18 through January 9, transforming the Zoo from its daytime magic into a dazzling winter wonderland. Featuring 14 illuminated zones, LumiNature will take guests on a magical journey of lights, sounds and surprises, offering lively displays and newly-enhanced installations to thrill guests this coming season. All guests should pre-purchase timed-tickets, making reservations at Prices are $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for kids.

“We are really excited to bring LumiNature back to the Zoo and to our great region,” says Amy Shearer, Philadelphia Zoo’s Chief Marketing & Experience Officer. “We have made amazing embellishments, added more areas to enjoy, draped tons and tons of lights, included more sights and sounds, creating a truly immersive and joyous multi-media experience. Extending outside of the Zoo’s gates, cascading blue and white meteor light showers will welcome all traveling down 34th street to Girard and past the Zoo to the parking garage area. On the Zoo’s main plaza, five 80-foot-tall London Plane trees will be wrapped in stunning blue lights creating a fun and festive atmosphere for everyone, living, visiting or passing through the area to appreciate. “This is a small token to the community and the many supporters throughout the region for their continued commitment to the Zoo,” says Shearer.

Offering new and additional areas of sparkle, LumiNature features spots like Whistle-Stop Wonder, set against the backdrop of sparkling light-filled trees, here kids can take a trip around Impala Fountain on the New Wilderness Express Train, enjoy delicious homemade hot cocoa and seasonal treats while watching unique light performers delight guests with visually-stunning theatrics; at Tis the SEAson, trek under the sea and adventure through a 100 ft-long aquarium tunnel filled with stunning lights, gigantic ultraviolet coral rock reef, enormous jellyfish and a sure-to-make-you-giggle octopus tree; GO, takes explorers on a brilliant trip around the globe, to visit breathtaking ecosystems, highlighting the beauty and diversity of our planet, celebrating creatures, climates and cultures on seven continents; at Penguin Royale, walk the red-carpet alongside hundreds of glowing penguins, under glistening chandeliers amid a mix of light and sound. Be sure to stop by the viewing area to see our ever-growing flocks of live penguins as they swim, play and dive in their enormous exhibit pool; as you exit through Flutter Flair, a stunning 22-feet-tall Butterfly Tree welcomes you through the magical land of the butterfly. Featuring five oversized whimsical Monarch Pavilions and beautifully-winged artistic performers, Flutter Flair offers guests the opportunity to snap a beautiful photo and offers wishes for a tremendous holiday season.

LumiNature also brings back guest favorites…..with a twist, Flamingo Fancy, moved to a different location offers double the lights and triple the beauty. The now-famous 25-foot-tall pink flamingo tree will serve as the focal point of Winter of Love, a love-themed, 60s vibe area that features a Love Shack kissing/elbow bump booth, a chill zone with bean bag chairs, and a ‘Marry Me Nook’ for anyone ready to propose to their one true love. Snake Awake, Big Cat Stalk and the Tree Glee Club also return in 2021.

“We are thrilled to present LumiNature with Chase at the Zoo,” says Shearer. “This exhibit combines the joy of animals, nature and the holiday season in a unique and innovative way. Add in light performers, awesome retail, seasonal fare, hot chocolate and ever-delicious adult beverages to spark the holiday spirit in everyone,” says Shearer.

“We are delighted to be the presenting sponsor of LumiNature with the Philadelphia Zoo,” says Bryan McCullough, Market Director, Banking, Greater Philadelphia. LumiNature offers a unique and extraordinary experience, that the whole family can enjoy. At Chase, being an active partner in the community we serve has extra special meaning during the holiday season. LumiNature is set to be one of the most unique and memorable holiday-season light spectaculars in the region,” says McCullough.

LumiNature tickets are on sale now, guests should pre-purchase timed-tickets making reservations at Prices are $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for kids. Philadelphia Zoo Members enjoy discounts on LumiNature tickets.


Animals are on the move like never before at Philadelphia Zoo with Zoo360, a first-in-the-world system of see-through trails passing through treetops, crossing over pathways and connecting habitats, giving animals like amazing big cats, majestic primates and marvelous meerkats the opportunities to travel and explore. Visit our new baby western lowland gorillas, giraffes, hippos, white rhino, zebras, red pandas, Amur tigers and more at America’s first Zoo. Explore our 42-acre Victorian garden and enjoy award-winning exhibits like KeyBank Big Cat Falls, PECO Primate Reserve, McNeil Avian Center and KidZooU, a wildlife academy that offers dynamic displays, rare breeds and hands-on experiences. Philadelphia Zoo is the second highest ticketed attraction in Philadelphia, one of the region’s foremost conservation organizations and home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. The Zoo welcomed more than 1.25 million visitors last year. Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Philadelphia Zoo is a non-smoking facility. For more information on, as or to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at Facebook: PhiladelphiaZoo; Instagram: @philadelphiazoo; Twitter: @phillyzoo.


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