With Santa’s
magical flip of a switch, Utah’s
Hogle Zoo will be transformed into a glowing wonderland from November 28 to
December 31 with ZooLights! open Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 8 pm
and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 pm. (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas
Day) There will be an opening celebration ceremony on Saturday November 28
at 5 pm.


ZooLights! is Utah’s largest animated light display, and
coupled with the one of a kind Zoo setting, it will be an experience completely
different from any other in this area. This year, ZooLights! features
over one million lights and nearly 200 colorfully lighted, animal sculptures,
most of which are animated–the largest animated holiday display in the state of
years ago, Hogle Zoo started something really wonderful for the holidays, and
this year is even bigger. Not only does it fit a niche in the community for
non-secular events, but it also has the potential to grow into a family
tradition for many generations.


"It’s the holiday season, and we want to provide
a fun, family-friendly activity to remind everyone the Zoo is open all year,"
said Executive Director Craig Dinsmore. "The special lighted animal sculptures, many of them animated, will make ZooLights!

In addition to the
brilliant lights, there are other things to see and do. Visitors can get
exclusive foods they would not find at Hogle Zoo in the summer: delicious
deep-fried s’mores, hearty soups and steaming hot chocolate. Also, live entertainment from various local
performers will be offered every Friday, Saturday and Monday.


This year,
continue the family tradition where wildlife meets wild lights– ZooLights!
at Hogle Zoo!
Admission prices for ZooLights! are
$6 for adults ($5 for members), $4 for children and seniors ($3 for members)
and kids two and under are free. Visit Hogle Zoo online at or for more information,
contact Community Relations Coordinator Holly
Braithwaite by email at or call
(801) 584-1729. ZooLights! is sponsored by KUTV,
Coca-Cola, Meadow Gold Dairies, Service Systems Associates, Utah Educational
Savings Plan, Red Robin, The Deseret Morning News, The Salt Lake Tribune, 97.1
ZHT, KOSY 106.5, and 94.1 KODJ.


About the
Association of Zoos & Aquariums:

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 221 institutions
accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a
zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated
to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a
better future for all living things.  AZA
is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals
in their native habitats. For more information visit


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