Lantern Festival



Missed the Lantern Festival or want to experience it again? Now is your chance for only $5 per person!

Come see these illuminated works of art on the weekends. We are so excited we can continue to share this magical event with you for a few more weeks!

Any unused tickets purchased online are still valid. Season Passes are still accepted as well.


Experience our World Famous Lantern Festival—a spectacular nighttime event!

Take a stroll around the Racine Zoo and immerse yourself in the incredible works of art. From tigers, lions, pandas, exotic flora, and a colossal dragon, Racine Zoo will be transformed into a world of illumination with custom-made lanterns. To top it off, an array of food and drink options will make the Lantern Festival a truly unforgettable event.


EXTENDED Event Dates:

January 17 – February 9, 2020
5pm – 8pm Fridays – Sundays (Last entry 8pm. Zoo closes at 9pm.)

Event takes place rain or shine.

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Ticket Prices:

Adult (Ages 16 and older):
$5 online  |  $5 at the door

Senior (Ages 62 and older):
$5 online  |  $5 at the door

Child (Ages 3 – 15 years):
$5 online  |  $5 at the door

Young Child (Ages 2 years and younger): Free


*Fees apply to online ticket orders. For gate purchase, cash or check preferred. If using credit card at gate, a $2.50 fee per transaction will be applied.


Group Tickets available! More info


 **Children 15 and younger need to be accompanied by a paying adult**


Tickets valid any night of the event!

Print your tickets at home or we can scan your tickets directly off your smartphone at the entrance!


Lantern Festival Season Passes:

Must present valid ID and Season Pass (printed or on a phone) for entrance to the festival.


*Purchasing tickets for the Lantern Festival does not permit entry to Racine Zoo during the day. The animals at the Zoo will not be visible during the Lantern Festival experience. No refunds. Participation in the Lantern Festival grants the Racine Zoo rights to utilize guests in photos for promotional materials. The participant agrees to hold the Racine Zoo, its employees and associates harmless.


***The Lantern Festival is a separate ticketed event from regular Zoo admission or membership. There are no discounts for Zoo members.***


Brought to you in partnership with the Zigong Lantern Group





Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email Beth Heidorn at or call 262.636.9291 for more information.