The popular Wild Lights: Asian Lantern Festival Presented by T-Mobile is returning for 2021 and will be open March 19 – May 30, 2021.

Wild Lights is one of the largest Chinese lantern festivals in the nation and our community’s first-ever outdoor Chinese lantern festival. 

Hours
March 19 – May 30, 2021; Wednesday – Sunday

March 24 – April 4, 2021; Daily
The fun starts at 6:30 p.m.

The Louisville Zoo is happy to announce that the wildly popular Wild Lights sponsored by T-Mobile returns March 19 through May 30, 2021. Tickets are now on sale at LouisvilleZoo.org/wildlights.

Guests can expect to see a new lineup of lanterns including more than 70 larger-than-life illuminated displays made of thousands of silk-covered pieces lit by over 50,000 LED lightbulbs.

Wild Lights will include zoo animals, marine animals, dinosaurs and mythical animals. Interactive and photo opportunity displays include a pumpkin carriage, angel wings and lit walking stars along with a bubbling lotus corridor, a tyrannosaurus tunnel and a 49-foot animatronic whale.

Wild Lights is in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, an international event design company. Tianyu has produced 42 lantern events in 24 cities welcoming over 3 million visitors. 

The event is wheelchair and stroller friendly on a paved path. The festival will take place 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday nights from March 19 – May 30 and daily March 24 – April 4.

Louisville Zoo members can purchase tickets in advance online (until 5 p.m. day of the event) for $17 per guest age 3 and over.   Non-members can purchase general admission tickets in advance online (until 5 p.m. day of the event) for $20 for guests age 3 and over. Children 2 and under are free.  Family Four-Pack tickets are available for $54 for members and $60 for non-members in advance online only; Family Four-Pack ticket buyers must enter the event together. There is a $6 parking fee that will be added to all online ticket purchases. For more information, visit LouisvilleZoo.org/wildlights.

More details and frequently asked questions are available at Wildlightslouisville.com

About Wild Lights

More than 2,000 intricate lanterns displayed in 65 larger-than-life scenes will illuminate the Zoo with over 50,000 LED bulbs. A 1.4-mile trail alongside favorites like a 131-foot-long dragon, a color changing panda tree, a walk-­through shark tunnel, fairy forest and more. Interactive displays will allow guests to leap from lily pad to lily pad and pose with our glowing wings.

Wild Lights is in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, an international event design company. Tianyu has produced 56 lantern events in 38 cities welcoming over 258 million visitors. After successful runs in other major U.S. cities, including Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, New Orleans, and Atlanta, Tianyu is expanding on this success in Louisville to create one of the largest lantern festivals in the nation.

Wild Lights is presented by T-Mobile. Sponsors include Ford Motor Company and Republic Bank. Special thanks to Crane House and University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences.

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