LumiNature Returns in November 2022
A fantastical adventure, LumiNature transforms the Zoo from its daytime magic into a glittering winter wonderland, taking guests on a magical journey to celebrate the wonder of wildlife!
PHILADELPHIA, PA — Philadelphia Zoo’s dazzling winter light show experience, LumiNature, returns for another season of breathtaking sights, sounds, and surprises! With more than a million twinkling lights across 14 one-of-a-kind artistically illuminated zones, LumiNature is sure to wow adults and children alike as they take a magical journey celebrating the wonder of wildlife and the beauty of our planet during the holiday season. All guests must pre-purchase timed-tickets here. NEW THIS YEAR: For a limited time only, purchase any-time tickets for just $33 for the ultimate flexibility. Prices vary by visit date. Tickets for adults ages 12+ are $25 to $28, children ages 2-11 are $20 to $23, and children under 2 years old are free. Zoo members receive discounted tickets. LumiNature runs from Thursday, November 17 through Saturday, January 7.
“This year’s LumiNature is like no other. Because the holidays are an important time to come together and reconnect with those important to us, creating an experience that celebrates and honors such precious time together has been our design inspiration. We have great new areas to explore coupled with some big fan favorites, all geared toward inspiring every age—from grandparents, to parents, to kids and grandkids,” said Amy Shearer, Chief Experience and Marketing Officer at Philadelphia Zoo.
New this year, guests will experience the magical Penguin Prismatic show featuring a 40 ft. tall penguin glowing with 40,000 lights which unveil surprising designs in a stunning fashion. Surrounded by a colony of colorful penguins reflecting on the Zoo’s Bird Lake, this show will give a whole new perspective on how fun it is to be a penguin. Step into the heart of Africa as you wander the savanna and witness animals wandering their grasslands through imaginative video projection on striking rock walls in Twilight Savanna. Oh, and be sure to be on the lookout for a 15 ft. tall blue gorilla that caps off the experience! Guests will marvel at the new finale showstopper, Animale Fantasia, where enchanting animal animations awaken the child in all of us through cinematic storytelling and projection artistry. Cave-like screens situated on a field of lights choreographed to captivating music bring animal dreams to life!
LumiNature also brings back fan favorites with added excitement; at Tis the SEAson, dive under the sea and adventure through a 100 ft. long tunnel filled with 4,000 lights with shimmering scenes right out of the ocean, an ultraviolent coral rock reef, dozens of enormous jellyfish and a 20 ft. tree decorated as a coral reef come to life; at Whistle-Stop Wonder, children can ride the brand-new Wilderness Express Train around Impala Fountain to a backdrop of 100,000 lights sparkling through the trees while adults enjoy delicious hot cocoa, seasonal treats, and watch unique light artists perform visually-stunning routines; at Winter of Love, visit our iconic 25 ft. tall pink flamingo tree made entirely of lit lawn flamingos and feel the groovy vibes with a funky light display, cozy bean bag chairs and more.
Don’t forget to grab a hot apple cider or hot chocolate, both available to be spiked! If you’re looking for a snack try our warm pretzels and a winter- themed beer; at Sweet Whimsicality, make your own s’mores over an open fire underneath brilliantly lit orbs and sparkling trees, and snack on other sweet treats and hot cocoa as you watch a mystifying bubble performer; at Arctic Passage, witness an enormous, earth sphere covered in 3D screens bringing the story of animals that live around the globe to life via programmed lights, music, sound effects and color, all under a canopy of glowing lights; at Flutter Flair, witness the breathtaking beauty of a 22 ft. tall Butterfly Tree surrounded by a magical collection of oversized, whimsical monarchs and beautifully-winged artistic performers; at Our Neck of the Woods, help celebrate our neighborhood and cast a vote for your favorite tree decorated by our community partners; Other favorites, like Flamingo Fancy, Snake Awake, and Big Cat Stalk and return for 2022.
LumiNature tickets are on sale now. Guests should pre-purchase timed-tickets here. Prices vary by visit date. Tickets for adults ages 12+ are $25 to $28, children ages 2-11 are $20 to $23, and children under 2 years old are free. Philadelphia Zoo Members enjoy discounts on LumiNature tickets.