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November 20, 2019

Inside LumiNature, new holiday lights experience at the Philadelphia Zoo

There are a total of 12 immersive displays and more than 600,000 lights

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LumiNature Philadelphia Zoo Courtesy of/Philadelphia Zoo

LumiNature is the Philadelphia Zoo's new holiday light show.

In mid-September, we announced that LumiNature, a new holiday lights experience, would take over the Philadelphia Zoo this winter. 

Now, here's a first look ahead of its opening this evening. Below are photos from LumiNature, plus details on each of the 12 immersive displays.

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LumiNature will be on view from Wednesday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, Jan. 5, and tickets can be purchased online.

LumiNature Philadelphia ZooCourtesy of/Philadelphia Zoo

The Northern Lights section.

LumiNature Philadelphia ZooCourtesy of/Kory Aversa

A close up of the flamingo tree in Flamingo Fancy.

LumiNature Philadelphia ZooCourtesy of/Kory Aversa

Wonder of Slumber includes giant flowers.

LumiNature Philadelphia ZooCourtesy of/Philadelphia Zoo

Penguins fill the zoo's lawn to bid guests goodbye.

LumiNature Displays:

Wonder of Slumber – Dreamy setting of orbs and giant flowers

The Dreamery – Wishing well with bubbles, lights and steam

Snake Awake – Colorful snake slithers by chasing an illuminated mouse

Frog Fantastical – Imaginary frogs jump around, lighting up the path

Color me Chameleon – Light up items for sale at the zoo's first glow bar

Big Cat Stalk – Illuminated grass filled with giant cat eyes that glow in the dark

Evergreen Dreams – Outdoor food and beverage section with singing trees

Seasonbration – Spring, summer, winter and fall come to life with lights, music and special effects

Northern Lights – A 35-foot polar bear named Polaris transforms into a giant screen that shares the diversity of our planet

Flamingo Fancy – A 25-foot tree made of light-up flamingo lawn ornaments

Peacock Spectacular – Giant peacock feathers, colored trees and mirrored balls

Penguin Peace on Earth – Hundreds of illuminated penguins

In addition, guests can enjoy seasonal fare, strolling performers, hot chocolate and warm alcoholic beverages. 

LumiNature has been in the works for more than two years and is a $3.5 million investment at the zoo.


Wednesday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, Jan. 5
$24-$19 tickets (zoo members receive a discount)
Philadelphia Zoo
Zoological Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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