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Frequently Asked Questions about LumiNature

What is LumiNature?

A fantastical light experience, LumiNature is set to transform the Zoo into a dazzling winter wonderland. Featuring 14 illuminated zones, LumiNature takes guests on a magical journey of lights, sounds, and surprises, offering lively displays and newly enhanced installations designed to inspire and delight guests this holiday season.

When can I make ticket reservations for LumiNature?

Reservations are now available! Timed entrance tickets are available every half hour from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All guests must pre-purchase timed tickets at

How much are LumiNature tickets for the general public?

Prices are follows: adults (ages 12+) $25.00; kids (ages 2-11) $20.00.

How much are LumiNature tickets for members?

Members enjoy a 20% discount on LumiNature tickets any night plus additional discounts on Member Value Nights on November 18-21, December 1-2, or December 8-9 (tickets are $15.00 on these nights). Members also enjoy free parking for one vehicle per visit with a membership card.

Can I reschedule my reservation if it rains?

LumiNature is a rain or shine event. As a courtesy, you may make changes to your reservation's day/time (pending availability) up until noon on the day your visit is scheduled. After that time, your reservation is final, and changes cannot be made.

When can I visit LumiNature?

LumiNature is open from Thursday, November 18th through Sunday, January 9th. This much-anticipated glittering extravaganza will again transform the Zoo from its daytime magic into a dazzling winter wonderland. Operating days are Wednesday through Sunday (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day) with reservations available from 5:00 p.m. through 8:30 p.m.

What will I see at LumiNature?

Featuring 14 illuminated zones, this tailor-made whimsical and fantastical adventure offers entertainment, seasonal fare, strolling performers, hot beverages, adult cocktails, and all of the light and brilliance to spark the holiday spirit in everyone.

What other Zoo experiences can I enjoy when enjoying LumiNature?

LumiNature is an incredible, immersive experience that will take you on a magical journey unlike any other! While this whimsical and fantastical adventure will inspire a sense of wonder and connection to your favorite animals, please note that LumiNature is an outdoor experience. All of the Zoo's animals will be off of public view and sleeping in their indoor exhibits.

Can I get food and drink while at LumiNature?

Yes! Enjoy hot chocolate, warm adult beverages, smore’s stations, and more sweet treats as you stroll through LumiNature.

14 Zones of Sparkle

Welcome to LumiNature: Cascading blue and white meteor light showers welcome guests from 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, wrapped in stunning blue lights, welcome all creating a fun and festive atmosphere for everyone, living, visiting or passing through the area.

Glow with the Flow: The adventure begins as guests arrive, entering a bright, beautiful setting of lit orbs, giant illuminated flowers and a massive array of strands of lighting overhead. Grab a delicious hot cocoa and scrumptious holiday snacks and enjoy!

Step into 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 hot cocoa and seasonal treats while watching unique light artistes performing visually-stunning theatrics.

Snake Awake: Slither through brilliant purples, blues and greens as a giant snake slithers along beside you…and…every once in a while, a big illuminated mouse will appear suggesting a whimsical dance of a chase taking place.

Flamingo Fancy is back this season…..with a twist, situated in a new location, this beautiful glowing pink space and offers double the lights and triple the beauty. Punctuating Flamingo Fancy is the Winter of Love, a love-themed, 60s vibe area that features a Love Shack kissing/elbow bump booth, and a chill zone with comfy bean bag chairs. Our Famous 25- foot- tall pink flamingo tree made entirely of lit flamingo ornaments takes center stage in this funky area. Kick back and enjoy some hot apple cider and hot chocolate – both available to be spiked!! If you are looking for a snack try our warm pretzels and a winter-themed beer!

Big Cat Stalk: What do the big cats dream of? Maybe us! Meander through a path of tall illuminated ‘grass’, while stalking eyes of frisky felines appear and disappear…. making you wonder….Now is the perfect time in your trek to stop by the Zoo’s gift shop and check out specially-themed LumiNature merchandise, and maybe catch a special performance occurring throughout the evening.

Kaleidoscope Crossing, the Zoo’s outdoor, heated food and beverage park, offers a comfy place to enjoy a warm adult beverage, hot cocoa or a delicious sweet treat, while basking in a sea of twinkling multicolor lights, evergreen trees and carousel rides.

Artic Passage, comes to life via an oversized, Earth- shaped 3D screen showing programmed lights, music, sound effects and color, all under a canopy of glowing lights. Enjoy dinner fare and specialty drinks and treats at Bites Under the Lights, a newly-enhanced, heated food destination featuring nightly entertainment.

At Tis the SEAson, plunge 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-anyone-giggle octopus’ tree.

Sweet Whimsicality, the perfect location to sit under brilliantly lit orbs and sparkling trees while snacking on gooey s’mores by the fire. Delightful hot cocoa, sweet snacks and a bubble performer round out this new area.

At Penguin Royale, walk the red-carpet alongside hundreds of glowing penguins, under glistening chandeliers amid a mix of light and sound.

In Our Neck of the Woods, vote on your favorite community-designed and decorated trees! Neighborhood residents, community groups and local schools partnered with the Zoo and let their imaginations run wild, creating custom animal-themed trees! Guests can cast their vote for their favorite animal tree here.

Flutter Flair is the perfect photo-taking location, with a stunning 22-foot-tall Butterfly Tree welcoming visitors through a magical land of oversized, whimsical monarchs and beautifully-winged artistic performers.

GO takes explorers on an amazing trip around the globe, to visit breathtaking ecosystems, highlighting the beauty and diversity of our planet, celebrating creatures, climates and cultures on seven continents.

Tree Glee Club as the LumiNature experience comes to a close, listen closely…. You just might here the trees come to life, as they sing, say goodnight and send best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.