Point Defiance Zoolights extended by popular demand

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will extend its 15th annual Zoolights extravaganza through Sunday, Jan. 5.

The new schedule gives visitors one more week to enjoy the Northwest’s leading holiday light display.

Most public schools will be closed during that week, enabling families to take advantage of the extra nights of glow.

Zoolights will be bigger and better than ever this year with the addition of new carousel display and accent lighting.

The carousel display foreshadows the arrival of an antique carousel that will open the following year.

Zoolights features light displays of local landmarks, including Mount Rainier and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, as well as animals, nursery rhyme characters and other designs.

People are invited to stroll through the glowing pathways, enjoy holiday music and hot cocoa, be photographed with animals and browse one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.

Like last year, Zoolights will be closed Monday through Wednesdays for its first two weeks of operation.

Starting Thursday, Dec. 12, the display will be open daily through Jan. 5 (except Dec. 24-25).

Zoolights tickets are $4 for all ages, or $3.50 if purchased in advance.

Tickets are now on sale at the zoo’s front gate and will be available starting Nov. 6 at Albertson’s stores in Pierce, King Thurston, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.

Parking and shuttle bus service are free.

For details, call 253/591-5337, or visit the zoo’s Web site at: