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Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration

Get ready for the Birmingham Zoo’s new larger than life illuminated experience, Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration! This extraordinary event will be held on select nights from 5pm until 9pm during the months of November, December, and January. Guests will be captivated by visually stunning lantern creations of wildlife from around the world. Watch the Zoo come alive with hundreds of marvelous animal shapes of all sizes – from pandas, elephants, cheetahs, polar bears, and whales – soaring up to 30 feet high! Spend all winter long with your Birmingham Zoo and glow wild into the new year! 

Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration is made possible by presenting sponsor Wells Fargo and featured sponsors Chick-fil-A Birmingham, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics, T-Mobile, and Abogados Centro Legal.

EVENT MAP download, HERE

 


Dates & Time

WHEN
Now – January 18, 2021

Select nights
Wednesday – Sunday

  • OPEN  MLK Monday (last night Jan. 18)
  • CLOSED  Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), and Christmas (Dec. 25)

TIME
5pm – 9pm

 


Pricing

Online ticket sales stop at 2pm on the day of the event and need to be purchased onsite at the gate

Onsite tickets purchased at the gate are available as space allows throughout the night

  • Glow Wild is a limited socially-distanced event with timed tickets issued in 30-minute blocks
  • Timed ticketing applies to sales only. Guests can stay inside the Zoo for longer than 30-minutes.
  • Purchase Glow Wild event tickets, Train, and Carousel single tickets online before your visit
    • Admission tickets are non-refundable but are date and time transferable. Email reply to the payment receipt you received after ticket purchase to request date and time transfer.
    • Glow Wild tickets cannot be combined with any additional coupons, specials, or offers
    • Prices listed are not including tax

 

Non-Member

  • Online Tickets/Pre-purchased
  • Wednesday & Thursday  (Non-Peak Nights)
    • $14.95
    • $9.95
  • Online Tickets/Pre-purchased
  • Friday – Sunday  (Peak Nights)
    • $20.95
    • $12.95
  • Onsite Tickets/Purchased at the Gate
  • All Nights  (Wed-Sun)
    • $23.95
    • $14.95
  • Pick an event date and time to  purchase timed ticket – HERE
  • Purchase Train or Carousel single tickets  $3.50 – HERE

 

Member

  • Member Discounted Timed Ticket
  • Members receive a 30% discount on Glow Wild admission tickets HERE
    • Sign-in at the top-right of the ticketing page to access discounted pricing
    • Once signed in, pick an event date and time to purchase discounted timed ticket
    • Add the Member type ticket you need (Member Adult/Member Child)
  • Purchase  Train or Carousel single tickets  $3.50 – HERE

 

Family Plus

  • Family Plus Member Discounted Timed Ticket
  • Family Plus Members receive a 30% discount on Glow Wild admission tickets  HERE
    • Sign-in at the top-right of the ticketing page to access discounted pricing
    • Once signed in, pick an event date and time to purchase discounted timed ticket
    • Add the Member type ticket you need (Member Adult/Member Child)
  • Family Plus Ride Wristbands cannot be reserved online – but will be available onsite at the Zoo when you arrive
    • Show Member card to receive wristbands onsite
  • Purchase additional Train or Carousel single tickets  $3.50 – HERE

 

Rides

$3.50 Single Ride Ticket is for ONE (1) RIDE on the Train OR Carousel

  • One ticket per person, per ride, for ages 2 years and up
  • Ride tickets are for Glow Wild operation only and are not valid for any other event 
  • Children under 2 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult on the train and carousel
  • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult on the train
  • Full Moon Wild Slide is closed
  • Rides are not timed entry. Your ride ticket may be used anytime during your visit to Glow Wild.
  • Purchase ride tickets – HERE

 


 

Health & Safety Protocols

Face Coverings

  • All Visitors & Members over the age of six (6) to the Birmingham Zoo will be required to wear face coverings for the protection of other guests, our staff, and our animals
  • Children under six (6) years old are not required to wear face coverings
  • Zoo Staff are required to wear face coverings and maintain other heightened safety protocols

WHY? In accordance with State of Alabama ordinance mandating the wearing of face coverings in public places, the Birmingham Zoo supports efforts to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, and we recognize that the best way to prevent the COVID-19 illness is to avoid exposure to the virus.  The Birmingham Zoo follows, and expects our guests and members to follow, all applicable government ordinances and we will adjust operational plans accordingly. *Visitors can purchase face coverings at each ticket booth and gift shop kiosks near the exit.*  View State of Alabama face covering ordinance, HERE

 

Social Distancing

  • Entrance  All guests and members will enter through the front gate
  • Exit  All guests and members will be required to exit through the Children’s Zoo gate
  • NO Re-entry  Guests and members will NOT be allowed to reenter the Zoo after exiting
  • Capacity  The Zoo will have strict limits on attendance
  • One-way Traffic Flow  Visitors will follow a one-way directional path through the Zoo from entry to exit
  • Ground Markers  Directional and distancing markers will guide guests on a one-way path through the Zoo
  • Signage and other measures will remind visitors of safe & healthy practices and to follow social distancing guidelines
  • EVENT MAP download, HERE

 

Staying Healthy

  • Hand Sanitizing Stations have been installed throughout the Zoo and made readily accessible 
  • Sanitation Procedures  The Zoo has enhanced our rigorous sanitation protocols and cleaning standards to ensure that all facilities will be thoroughly disinfected
  • High-touch Areas  Staff will be routinely cleaning all surfaces and public areas, such as: handrails, viewing glass, door handles, sensory room, and restrooms
  • Feeling Sick? The Zoo continues to follow the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines by asking staff and guests to stay home if they are sick or feel sick. We are also encouraging respiratory etiquette, hand hygiene, requiring face masks, and maintaining other heightened safety protocols