Written by Tammy Walro
November 02, 2008
The Toledo Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas, which opens Friday, Nov. 21, has become such a personal holiday memory for families that it’s almost impossible to define.
The display includes over one million lights, hundreds of lighted animal displays and of course, Santa Claus headquarters.
Join The Toledo Zoo for a special kick-off tree lighting ceremony of the 85-foot Norway spruce tree near the Conservatory between 6 and 6:30 p.m.
The tree is decorated with over 32,500 lights - more than the famous tree at New York’s Rockefeller Center.
Throughout the Lights Before Christmas season, visitors will enjoy hot chocolate and other holiday treats, carolers and ice-carving demonstrations on selected evenings, and rides on the Safari Railway and African Animal Carousel, weather permitting.
The jolly old elf himself will be hearing children’s Christmas wishes in the Zoo’s Indoor Theatre through Dec. 23.
The Toledo Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas is open from Nov. 21 to Dec. 31 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Hours are Monday through Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. (the park closes at 9 p.m.) and Friday through Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. (the park closes at 10 p.m.).
Admission prices are $9 for adults, $6 for children (2-11) and seniors (60-plus) and free for children under age 2. Toledo Zoo members receive one free visit to Lights Before Christmas. In the event that the Anthony Wayne Trail lot is full, additional parking and a free shuttle will be available.
The Toledo Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and is located on the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 25), four miles south of downtown Toledo. For more information, visit www.toledozoo.org or call 419-385-4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. ID showing proof of residency is required.