Tis the Season…

November is here and it is almost time for my favorite zoo event.  Each year as this event draws nearer, I mark my calendar and call my friends in Columbus in preparation for a road trip.  I have found that attending this event is a perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

Wildlights

I am talking about  Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo.  In eleven days (November 20th) the Columbus Zoo will transform into a park full of light and color.  The spectacle is just what you would expect from the zoo ranked #1 in America by USA Travel Guide.

The zoo goes all out for the holidays and adorns every inch of their park with lights.  In an effort to conserve on energy, many of the lights have been converted to LEDs.

On weekends there is special holiday entertainment such as carolers and musicians for the public to enjoy.  Last year the Columbus Zoo even had a small ice skating rink for visitors to enjoy.  Hot chocolate booths located around the park complete the perfect seasonal atmosphere.

If you are a fan of the houses with dancing lights, the Columbus Zoo has taken it to another level.  They have created an intricate show using the lights on the trees, flowerbeds and pavilions surrounding the central lake.   All of the lights have been programmed to move in time to music that plays throughout the evening.  The time and energy that goes into the preparation of this spectacular show is obvious and well worth it.

Below is a video of the Carol of the Bells section of the light show.  You have to watch it all the way through, the end is amazing.

Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo

The lights aren’t the only attraction at the Columbus Zoo.  The animal exhibits are still open and decorated for the holidays.  Many times viewing is better during the cooler months since animals tend to be more active.  A nice thing about the Columbus Zoo is that many of the exhibits are indoors.  No matter how cold it is outside, there is always a place to warm up.

During the Wildlights season, the Columbus Zoo is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. on the weekends.  Wildlights begins November 20th and ends January 2nd.

Columbus Zoo isn’t the only one who throws a holiday light show.  The Toledo Zoo also holds a holiday extravaganza called The Lights Before Christmas.  This event kicks off November 20th as well and runs through December 31st.

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3 Responses so far »

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    Esther said,

    You’re right, it is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. 🙂

    P.S. I love the name of your blog. haha

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    kgarlan3 said,

    I am so excited to read this post. I used to love going to the zoo lights at the Cleveland Metro Park Zoo, but a few years back they stopped decorating. I have never been to the Columbus zoo, but the lights look amazing. Since I obviously not a member at the Columbus zoo, how much would it cost to see the lights? I was also wondering how long the event lasts, and if it still runs after Christmas?

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      mlwgurl said,

      Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo lasts runs from November 20th until January 2nd this year. Admission to the light show is actually fee with general admission. General admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children and seniors. Parking is $5. You might as well come for the day and stay for the lights in the evening. It is well worth it.


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