Wild Lights returns to Sedgwick County Zoo with an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme

Wild Lights at the Sedgwick County Zoo

For the third year, it’s back at the Sedgwick County Zoo. The traveling exhibit, Wild Lights, has returned with its one-of-a-kind Asian Lantern sculptures that light up the zoo in the evening. We were invited to a pre-opening event to take a look.

From Oct. 11 to Dec. 17, you can take a stroll through the zoo to look at the sculptures scattered throughout the zoo’s property. Around half of them are centered around the popular tale, Alice In Wonderland.

Tickets for zoo members are $15 online/$17 at the gate for adults and children ages 3-11. It’s free for children 2 and under. Four-packs are also available for $52 online or $60 at the gate. For non-members, it’s $17 online/$19 at the gate for adults and children ages 3-11. Four-packs are also available for $60 online or $68 at the gate.

Sedgwick County Zoo Wild Lights

VIP cart tours are also available where you can experience Wild Lights with a private golf cart tour around the zoo. Sit back and relax with a festive drink and snack while you view the lights in style. Each tour can accommodate up to 10 guests. You can schedule a cart tour here.

Once inside, you can walk around most of the zoo and go down a path illuminated by larger-than-life sculptures of all the animals and flowers. The path starts at the entrance of the zoo and takes you to the penguin cove area, around to the amphibians and reptiles, towards the back to North America and the Asian Big Cat Trek, and continues to wrap around close to the gorilla forest, then back down to the Nganda Village and the elephants, on down to Australia and South America, where it leads you back to where it started. Please note that indoor exhibits will be closed and resident Zoo animals will not be in attendance.

The Asian lanterns were incredibly cool. The sculptures were created by wire frames and covered with a translucent fabric. Here’s a sneak peek at part of Wild Lights, which change every year.

If you prefer a video sneak peek, we got you covered through our TikTok channel:

@wichitabyebWild Lights… is back! The one-of-a-kind Asian Lantern sculptures light up the Sedgwick County Zoo for the third straight year with an Alice in Wonderland theme. Wild Lights will be here until December 17. For more info, visit scz.org♬ Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift

The Sedgwick County Zoo is located at 5555 W Zoo Blvd. For more information on the exhibit, visit their webpage or Facebook.

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