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Tickets on sale for IllumiNights at the Zoo

Tickets are on sale now for a breathtaking new addition to Atlanta’s holiday traditions. The all-new IllumiNights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival opens to the public on November 22, 2021, and will be open through January 16, 2022.

In spring 2021, Zoo Atlanta announced plans to partner with Hanart Culture on presenting the experience, which will invite guests into a nighttime wonderland celebrating the beauty of the natural world. Awe-inspiring vistas will feature more than 80 larger-than-life lanterns – some up to 20 feet tall – based on animals and other elements of nature.

Tickets went on sale on September 15 at The event will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with the last entry at 8:30 p.m. Some blackout dates apply, including Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

In addition to receiving an exclusive discount, Zoo Atlanta Members will also have access to a Member-only preview of the event from November 18 through November 21.


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About Zoo Atlanta
A proud accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the gold standard for animal care and welfare, Zoo Atlanta has a mission to save wildlife and their habitats through conservation, research, education, and engaging experiences. The Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals representing more than 200 species from around the world, many of them endangered or critically endangered. Highlights include giant pandas, including Ya Lun and Xi Lun, the only giant panda twins in the U.S.; one of North America’s largest zoological populations of great apes; and a global center of excellence for the care and study of reptiles and amphibians. Recent transformations include the all-new African Savanna, featuring new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, warthogs, meerkats, and rhinos; Savanna Hall, a state-of-the-art special event destination in the newly restored historic former home of the Atlanta Cyclorama; and the new Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Plaza. For more information, visit


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