Nature Illuminated

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Animals. Art. Awe. This winter, let the magic of dazzling lights connect you to some of the world’s most endearing and endangered animals – all while supporting the Minnesota Zoo.

Nature Illuminated is a brand new nighttime, drive-thru event featuring spectacular, custom-designed pieces of illuminated, animal art, running from Dec. 3–Jan. 17. From the warmth and comfort of your own vehicle, embark on a one-of-a-kind journey featuring larger-than-life animals artistically crafted to illuminate the night sky – all while following along through an audio tour filled with stories and sounds of these incredible animal species.

Marvel at a 30-foot red panda, a cockatoo that’s larger than your car, and nearly 30 other beautiful inflatable art pieces expertly designed, printed, and stitched by the artists at Landmark Creations in Burnsville. Over the years, their custom work has been featured at the MTV Video Music Awards, Coachella, the GRAMMY Awards and many other prominent concerts and events around the country.
Presented by Wings Financial Credit Union, with additional support from Dakota Electric Association and Landmark Creations, Nature Illuminated is a limited-time winter event to support the Zoo and its mission. Tickets go on sale Nov. 16 at 9 am. Sundays-Thursdays are $25 per vehicle for Zoo members and $50 per vehicle for nonmembers; Fridays and Saturdays are $35 per vehicle for members and $60 per vehicle for nonmembers. All tickets must be purchased online in advance at

The custom pieces of art take weeks to complete and ensure Nature Illuminated is a one-of-kind experience you and your family will only find at the Minnesota Zoo. Additional event information, including available timeslots and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Nature Illuminated, can be found online at

Dates: Dec 3 - Jan 17

Minnesota Zoo

13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN , 55124