ZooLights! Brings Winter Wonderland to Hogle Zoo

The winter wonderland magic has arrived at Utah’s Hogle Zoo just in time for the opening of ZooLights!, Utah’s largest animated light display, on Friday, Dec. 3.

 

New to ZooLights! this holiday season will be two of Santa’s reindeer: Comet and Vixen! At 5:15, these two will lead a nightly Reindeer Parade through the entry plaza to be near Santa and his Station! Comet and Vixen will be a part of ZooLights! nightly until Dec. 24 when they head off for their around-the-world trip with Santa.

 

Speaking of Mr. Claus, he, too, will be a nightly guest at ZooLights! as he takes Christmas lists from little boys and girls who come to visit him in Santa’s Station.  This is FREE with paid admission and you can take all the photos you like!

 

But, if you’re looking for some more time to make a good impression on Kris Kringle himself, look no further than our Breakfast with Santa events being held on select days throughout the month. Breakfast with Santa will be held Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19. Book your tickets online at hoglezoo.org.

 

After some fun with Santa and his reindeer, guests can take in the over 250 animated holiday and creature-themed light displays throughout Zoo grounds. Over one million lights comprise the displays throughout ZooLights! including a newly added 60-foot light tunnel located just outside of the Great Ape house! Guests can walk through the brilliantly shining archway as they make their way to the Oasis Plaza and on to Asian Highlands, home to the Zoo’s big cats!

 

The popular "$3 Thursdays" admission discount program returns this year!  Pick up a $3 admission voucher at any Little Caesars pizza and receive admission to ZooLights for only $3! (up to 6 admitted with one voucher) any Thursday in December.

 

Guests looking for an especially exciting time during ZooLights! should be sure to visit on Fridays and Saturdays when the entertainment includes an ice carver who will be cutting up large-scale sculptures for the entertainment of many!

 

ZooLights! visitors will be able to stay warm in the winter weather with heaters stationed throughout the grounds, as well as many warm holiday treats, including hot chocolate and deep fried s’mores!

 

ZooLights is made possible in part due to the generous sponsorship of Coca-Cola, Meadow Gold Dairies, Red Robin and Little Caesar restaurants, the Utah Educational Savings Plan, Bremenn Research Labs, American Express, KUTV Television, Oldies 94.1, 97.1 ZHT and the official radio station of ZooLIghts, Today’s 106.5.

 

ZooLights will be open on New Year’s Eve, when we’ll celebrate in style with a New Year’s family countdown. Gates open at 5 p.m., with the countdown taking place at 9 p.m. to ring in 2011. There will be party favors and noisemakers for the first 100 people in the Main Plaza.

 

The 2010 ZooLights! season has something for everyone! Be sure you don’t miss your chance to visit Dec. 3 – 31. Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 5 – 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 – 9 p.m, except Christmas Day.

 

For more information about ZooLights, including additional discount offers, tips to stay warm, and the full ZooLights calendar of events, please visit hoglezoo.org