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Zoo Lights

Dec 2, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017

Guests of this popular holiday tradition will experience a light safari with 60 brilliantly-illuminated acres of lights, featuring more than 150 animated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they're least expected.

This year, the event will incorporate the Zoo's traveling exhibit, "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea," presented by CH2M, which features 15 giant sculptures of marine life around the park made almost entirely from trash collected from beaches. Each of them will be lit for night-viewing and, for many guests, it will be a last chance to see them before the exhibit ends on January 16, 2017. Zoo Lights' "Under the Sea" section, which includes lighted sculptures of sea creatures, will grow in size this year and move to the Zoo's main gate. Even ice carvers will slice sculptures of sea life on the weekends.

Eagle-eyed visitors should also be on the lookout for the event's Gnome on the Roam. This special, lighted-sculpture of a gnome will move to a different location around the park, in a different position, each night. Guests are encouraged to make repeat visits to discover where he ends up.