If you think the holiday season is wildly fun, Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights presented by Sound Credit Union is a merry event you’ll love. From November 24 through January 1, you can visit the zoo afterhours to see over 600,000 energy-efficient LED lights arranged as animals and dazzling destinations.
Designed in two and three dimensions, the compositions encircle the zoo’s pathways and the North Meadow, creating a veritable wonderland for families to explore. Of course, there’s a lot more to WildLights than just the lights. Here’s a sneak peek at other highlights you’ll enjoy at this festive, family-friendly event.
Kids will love getting cozy with a mug of hot chocolate and fresh, hot doughnuts, while adults can enjoy mulled wine, spiked hot cider and a selection of beer and wine.
Hungry for something a little more substantial? Grab a bowl of chowder or a slice of pizza to eat in the special heated area designed by Green Solutions Heating and Cooling. Several fire pits with merrily blazing logs will impart additional warmth and coziness.
A photo contest
Let’s be real – there’s no way you’re attending WildLights and not taking a gazillion pictures. Share your snaps on social media using #wpzwildlights for a chance to win an awesome zoo prize package.
Indoor snowball fights
Take your little ones to Snowmazium for an indoor “faux” snowball fight, snow stories and a chance to build a snow creature. If the creature turns out to be a little wild, you have nothing to fear as it’s already safely contained within the zoo ;-)
A visitor from up north
We’re not talking about polar bears – Santa Claus himself will visit WildLights every Friday through Sunday and every evening from December 18 through the 23. Take your kids to deliver their holiday wish list to Santa and get a professional picture with the big guy.
Visit the ZooStore to find holiday gifts for all ages or score some nature-inspired holiday décor. It’s always nice when the flurry of purchasing around the holidays can do good, and buying gifts from the zoo does exactly that. Your purchase will support ongoing efforts to save animals and their habitats through conservation leadership and engaging experiences that inspire people to learn, care and act.
The Historic Carousel will also be open and festively lit so your little ones can go for the ride of their lives atop a prancing horse or sit in a Miss Liberty chariot. This 1918 creation of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC) is truly a work of art, so adult riders can appreciate the intricate craftsmanship while kids delight in their equestrian expedition.
While most of the zoo’s animals will be nestled in for the night, several creatures will still be stirring at the zoo’s Adaptations Building, which houses meerkats, sloths, and fruit bats. In addition, the zoo’s animals and keepers from the cast of “Earn Your Wings” will make scheduled appearances at WildLife Theater Fridays through Sundays.
If you time your visit right, you could be in for even more fun:
- December 2 is Super Hero Night when kids (and willing adults) are invited to come dressed as super heroes and enjoy all kinds of super fun.
- On December 12, visitors can celebrate Galactic Lights and see a lightsaber performance from Saber Guild – Jet City Temple.
- On December 13, a Harlem Globetrotter will come to Snowmazium and wow the crowd by performing remarkable feats with faux snowballs and mini basketballs.
There’s no extra cost associated with these special celebrations, but there will be plenty of extra fun.
To learn more about this wildly festive holiday event and buy your tickets, visit zoo.org/wildlights. Special savings alert! If you come to the zoo between December 1 and December 14 to buy tickets to WildLights, you will get 50 percent off any regular zoo tickets you purchase.