Is this an animal experience?
The Zoo will look a little different! Most animals go indoors before dark, so they will not be in their habitats during IllumiNights. This experience celebrates the wonders of the natural world as imagined through the lanterns. As most of the animals go into their indoor areas before dark, most will not be in their outdoor habitats during IllumiNights. Enjoy the magic of the lanterns, and if you want to visit their real-life counterparts, we suggest doing so during the day.
What about rain?
This is a rain-or-shine event. The lanterns will glow beautifully no matter the weather. Be sure to bring gear appropriate for rain. A limited number of rain ponchos and other clothing items will be available for purchase at the Zoo Atlanta Trading Company Gift Shop. As safety is our first priority, the Zoo reserves the right to close or cancel the event if weather conditions are assessed to be a safety hazard. In the event of severe weather, check your email for pertinent updates.
If I am visiting the Zoo during the day, will I need to leave and come back in later or can I stay inside the Zoo?
Since IllumiNights is a separate, ticketed event, all daytime Members and guests will be asked to leave the Zoo by 5 p.m. so we can set up for the evening’s activities. You may then reenter using your IllumiNights tickets during your designated reservation time.
Is IllumiNights: A Chinese Lantern Festival a family-friendly event?
The festival is designed for everyone to enjoy - perfect for a family outing, romantic date or corporate get-together.
Will there be food and beverage available for purchase?
Yes, select concessions locations will be available throughout the Zoo, offering festival-inspired snacks and meals. View the menus and locations to plan your visit.
Who can I contact with general questions about this festival?
You may contact us at 404.624.5937.
Can I rent a stroller during the festival?
Yes, our rentals are located in Flamingo Plaza, at the Safari Outfitters retail location. We have single and double strollers available to rent. Single strollers are $11 plus tax and double strollers are $13 plus tax. You must show a valid photo ID.
Can I rent a wheelchair or electric scooter during the festival?
Yes, our rentals are in Flamingo Plaza, at the Safari Outfitters retail location. You must show a valid photo ID.
- Manual Wheelchair: $14 plus tax (photo ID required)
- Electric Scooter: $33 plus tax (driver’s license required; minimum age to rent is 18)
What rides and attractions are open during the festival?
The Endangered Species Carousel will be open during the festival, weather permitting.
Where can I park?
Paid parking is available in the Cherokee Avenue parking lot and in the Grant Park Gateway parking facility on Boulevard. During IllumiNights, parking will transfer to a flat rate of $6 as of 5 p.m. and will accept card payments only. Lots are patrolled, but please leave valuable items at home or secure them out of view.