Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is set to host one of the largest Asian lantern events in the country this winter. Colors of the Wild, presented by Community First Credit Union, is an all-new ZOOLights experience beginning November 19 and running select nights through February.

The Zoo will illuminate with more than 70 vibrant scenes consisting of authentic, custom-made silk Chinese lanterns. Produced in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc. the event sets out to reveal the power of creativity, the beauty of wildlife and wild places and the joy of coming together to celebrate diverse cultures.

As daylight fades, the delicate glow takes on life as animals and plants. Visitors can expect one-of-a-kind lantern installations intricately constructed featuring fauna and flora, picturesque pathways, traditional Chinese mythologies, interactive displays and more.

From December 14-24 and 26-31, Colors of the Wild will run every night featuring themed entertainment, visits from Santa Claus and other festive traditions.

This nighttime event starts after the Zoo closes at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20 for Zoo Members and $25 for non-Members. Combination tickets are also available starting at $35, which includes same-day access to the Zoo starting at 3 p.m. Zoo Members will receive an exclusive, discounted sneak peek on November 17 before the event opens to the general public. Children ages 2 and under are free. Tickets must be purchased online at jacksonvillezoo.org/colors-of-the-wild.

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About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

For over 100 years, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has aimed to inspire the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. Starting in 1914 with an animal collection of one red deer fawn, the Zoo now has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 species of plants, boasting the largest botanical garden in Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit organization and a portion of every ticket sold goes to the over 45 conservation initiatives Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens supports around the world, and here in NE Florida. JZG is proud to be an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information, visit jacksonvillezoo.org.

About Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc.

Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc. is the largest Chinese lantern festival producer in North America and one of the first companies to bring authentic Chinese lantern traditions to the United States and Europe. The Chicago-based corporation is a subsidiary of Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co., Ltd., headquartered in Zigong in the Sichuan Province of China. Tianyu strives for quality by focusing on three core components: conservation and natural beauty, turnkey festival operations, and interactive visitor experiences. Tianyu’s team of professionals have produced over 100 festivals in the United States, appearing in 45 cities and welcoming over 7 million visitors.


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