Lantern Festival

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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.

 

Event Dates:

October 1 – December 31, 2019 (80 select nights)
6pm – 9pm Sundays – Thursdays (Last entry 9pm. Zoo closes at 10pm.)
6pm – 10pm Fridays & Saturdays (Last entry 10pm. Zoo closes at 11pm.)

Event Closed:
October: 28
November: 4, 11, 18, 25, 28
December: 2, 9, 16, 23, 24, 25

Event takes place rain or shine.

 

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Current Deals:

$10 TUESDAY!*
Tuesday, November 19, 2019


$10 admission for everyone!

 

TWO-FOR-ONE WEDNESDAY!*
Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Buy one admission and get one of equal or lesser value for FREE! 

 

THIRSTY THURSDAY!*
Thursday, November 21, 2019


Feeling thirsty? Enjoy the lanterns AND a drink! The first 200 people will receive a voucher for ONE FREE BEER, GLASS OF WINE or SAKE to use at the festival that night only. Must be 21 years or older to receive and use the voucher.

 

FAMILY NIGHT!*
Friday, November 22, 2019


Receive ONE FREE CHILD ADMISSION with one paid adult admission.

 

SENIOR SATURDAY!*
Saturday, November 23, 2019


All senior citizens (62 years or older) get $10 admission!

 

SENIOR SUNDAY!*
Sunday, November 24, 2019


All senior citizens (62 years or older) get $10 admission!

 

$10 THURSDAY!*
Thursday, December 12, 2019

$10 admission for everyone! Check out the lanterns then browse our FREE Holiday Fair from 6PM – 9PM to do some local holiday shopping!

 

 

* All discounts are only available at the gate. Cash or check preferred. If using credit card, a $2.50 fee per transaction will be applied.

 

 

Ticket Prices:

Adult (Ages 16 and older):
$20 online  |  $22.50 at the door

Senior (Ages 62 and older):
$15 online  |  $17.50 at the door

Child (Ages 3 – 15 years):
$12 online  |  $14.50 at the door

Young Child (Ages 2 years and younger): Free

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*:

Adult and Senior: $50
Child: $30

Can be purchased online

or at the Racine Zoo Administration Office with CASH or CHECK ONLY
9am – 3pm, Monday – Thursday
(200 Goold St., Racine, WI 53402)

Season Passes will not be sold at the gate.

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 bheidorn@racinezoo.org or call 262.636.9291 for more information.