POWELL, Ohio – We’ve decked the halls, trees and everything but the animals with millions of LED lights for the 24th annual Wildlights display, efficiently powered by gridSMART from AEP Ohio, beginning Nov. 18, 2011.
This year’s display will be bigger and brighter than ever before with the addition of the Global Celebrations Holiday Light Show, an animated holiday light show featuring new songs and designs and a globe in the center of Conservation Lake. Santa’s Holiday Wishes Tree, a brand new 28-foot tall artificial sequoia tree, will also be shining bright with 15,500 LED lights.
Back by popular demand, Disney on Ice presents The Magical Timbernacle Forest Chorus; 29 melodious animatronic arbors that come together to form a 12-foot evergreen. Local organizations will take the Sounds of the Season Stage on select evenings to fill the Zoo with holiday spirit.
Wildlights wouldn’t be complete without Santa and his reindeer! Take a photo with him at his new home in The Battelle Ice Bear Outpost in Polar Frontier and say “happy holidays” to his reindeer. Guests can also decorate a cookie with Mrs. Claus in her kitchen (additional fees may apply).
After enjoying cookies, relax and take a ride on the Polar Bear Express ($1 per rider) or on a Mini Kiddie Sleigh Ride ($4 per rider). Both rides, along with the carousel, are included in the $5 ride wristband special.
Wildlights festivities take place Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. beginning Nov. 18, 2011 through Jan. 1, 2012. Wildlights is closed the evenings of Nov. 24, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Regular admission rates apply.
This year’s Wildlights festivities will feature the following special events:
Jack Hanna’s Into the Wildlights WBNS-10TV Live Televised Show will be taped at the Animals on Safari Stage on Friday Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
Jack Hanna’s Home for the Holidays, Dec. 3, 2011; featuring Santa Paws, an enrichment activity that keeps the animals in the holiday spirit by giving them specially wrapped treats using materials that are safe for each animal from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The evening concludes with lives shows featuring Jack Hanna and his animal friends.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 9,000 animals representing 675 species and provides more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide. A recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium hosts more than two million visitors annually and was named the #1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating. For more information and to purchase advance Zoo admission tickets, visit www.columbuszoo.org