Lights at the Zoo a hit

Lights at the Zoo a hit

The Toledo Zoo is celebrating its 30th anniversary of Lights Before Christmas. BLADE PHOTO

The Toledo Zoo is celebrating its 30th anniversary of Lights Before Christmas. BLADE PHOTO

By Ashlin Smart
eSomethin Staff

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Presents, family, and driving around seeing Christmas lights. Perhaps the best Christmas lights come from the nationally ranked Toledo Zoo.

The Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo is celebrating their 30th year anniversary of showing the lights. That’s not the only thing the zoo offers during the holiday season. Along with the beautiful lights, the zoo has Santa photos, carolers from around the city, an ice slide, and even ice sculptures.


The Lights Before Christmas display runs through Jan. 3.

When The Lights first started, they strung up 50,000 lights and had approximately 71,00 visitors.  In 2014, the zoo set a record of 206,937 visitors, according to the zoo website. After the lights, it takes staff about two months to take down all the lights.

When visiting the lights, it is a must to stop and see the dancing trees. These trees are all decorated with energy-efficient LED lights. Another must see is the giant tree that is in the middle of the gardens’ area. The tree is over 85 feet tall, and uses about 35,000 lights. While looking around, you can stop in the cafe to grab at hot chocolate, or any of the food stands placed around the zoo.

Wanting to see some animals too? The zoo also leaves some of the winter animals out so you can visit. The indoor buildings with the reptiles and the new aquarium are open too. Though the African train and safari is down until spring for construction, the carousel is still running.

The Lights Before Christmas run until Jan. 3.  Admission for children under 2 is free, ages 2-11 cost $10, adults 12-59 cost $15, and seniors get in for $12. Zoo members get in free as always.

The lights are a great thing to do as a family over the holiday’s, so if you get a chance to go it is well worth it! Happy Holidays!

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