Come see the Zoo in a whole new light and enjoy the country's largest Chinese lantern festival. Over 500 custom-made silk lanterns will be spread across 60 acres, creating elaborate displays with some of your favorite Zoo animals, holiday-themed scenes and even a 200-foot-long dragon.

Nightly* Nov. 15 to Dec. 30
5-9 pm
*Closed Nov. 28, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25

Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 2 to Feb. 2
5-9 pm

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See the Zoo in a Whole New Light

November 15 - February 2

Stroll the Zoo at night and enjoy the country's largest Chinese lantern festival with over 500 lanterns across more than 22 acres.

From giant tigers to holiday scenes to a 200-foot-long dragon, Nashville Zoo will be transformed into a world of illumination with giant silk lanterns custom-made especially for this event.

Tickets on sale Friday, November 1


Chinese Culture

Chinese acrobats and entertainers will perform nightly. Hand-made crafts and delicious menu items will be available each night for guests to enjoy.  


North Pole Village

This life-size creation of Santa's village features multiple buildings and a train made entirely out of lanterns, plus holiday trees and festive lights make this a must-see.

Santa will visit each night until Dec. 23. Local bands and choirs will perform holiday music on select nights. 

Journey into

Animal Paradise

Chinese artists have reimagined your favorite zoo animals in a bright and colorful way. See lantern displays of rhinos, giraffes, elephants and dozens more in uniquely themed animal and flower scenes throughout the Zoo.

Plus, select animal exhibits will be open late, including Sumatran tiger, Andean bear, Carribean flamingos and Unseen New World.



Tickets go on sale for members on August 28 and for non-members on September 4. Advance ticket sales are available online only.

Platinum Pass

AWESOME VALUE! Enjoy unlimited visits throughout the duration of the event. No additional discounts for members.

Adults & Teens  -  $29
Children (age 2-12)  -  $19
Children under age 2 are free

Single Night Admission

Enjoy the entire event, including nightly entertainment. Valid for the selected night only. Members save $2 per ticket!

Adults & Teens  -  $19
Children (age 2-12)  -  $14
Children under age 2 are free

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  Parking is $7 per car. Members park free.
  This is a rain, snow or shine event. No refunds or rainchecks.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Enterprise Solutions
Dottie Frist
Jennifer and Billy Frist
Karyn McLaughlin Frist

Amanda and J.R. Greene
Connie and Carl Haley
Susan and Chris Holmes
Angie and Chris Howard

H.G. Hill Realty Company, LLC
Tara Scarlett and Michael Peacock
Barbara and Rick Turner & Family
Nashville Electric Service

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Groups & Holiday Parties

Add a wild twist to your company or group holiday celebration. Plus, groups of 20+ can enjoy discounted tickets! Learn more about our group packages.

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