When the animals go to bed at night, the forests fill with art and light.

The Minnesota Lottery is proud to sponsor Nature Illuminated at the Minnesota Zoo. Nature Illuminated is a one-of-a kind experience featuring larger than life, lighted art installations of some of our favorite wildlife at the zoo. Travel the drive-thru trail to see the world’s most endearing and endangered animals from the arctic to the grasslands; you’ll see polar bears, penguin, moose, the Rusty Patched Bumblebee (the official state bee of Minnesota) and more.


These amazing inflatable figures were locally produced, just for this event, by Landmark Creations in Burnsville.


 Nature Illuminated at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley ran from December 3 – January 17, 2021. Their creativity was a bright light during a challenging time. The Minnesota Zoo displayed a magical world to the community throughout the holiday season.