L.A. ZOO LIGHTS returns with more lights and more nights of dazzling magic for its third spectacular year as it kicks off a "ZooLAbration" of the Los Angeles Zoo's 50th Anniversary through Sunday, January 8, 2017, under the stars at the L.A. Zoo.
Awarded USA Today's 2015 "10 Best Zoo Lights" honor, L.A. Zoo Lights sets the Zoo aglow in wonder and delight to top everyone's "holiday must" destination list with a fanciful menagerie of animal characters, LED lights by the thousands, giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, glittering twinkle tunnels, stunning 3-D animated projections, and much more.
All time favorite of the night was the Twinkle Tunnel (pictured to the left) that was equal parts magical and charming.
One of my other favorite highlights was a giant illuminated snake atop the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), which made its debut last year, that flicks its tongue at Zoo Lights visitors this time around as they approach past a bigger, brighter spider web hanging in the courtyard. Inside can enjoy some warmth and a peek at amphibians, invertebrates etc.
Special Add-On Experiences: A glittering snow-covered setting for photos with Santa Claus, available for an additional fee on select dates, captures holiday memories, and the Zoo's hand-crafted Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel is open during L.A. Zoo Lights, with $3 per person on-site tickets.
Admission: Prices vary and start at $14 for adults and $11 for children ages 2 to 12. GLAZA members enjoy ticket discounts of up to 33%. Children under age 2 are free.
Dates: Nightly through 8 January 2017.
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Tickets (for the Family New Years Eve Celebration) are $69 for adults and $45 for children ages 2 to 12, or $64 (adults) and $40 (children) for GLAZA members.
There are plenty of snack spots to buy dinner, churros, hot chocolate, funnel cake, wine, etc. during your visit. We didn't visit any but the snacks sure smelled delicious.
website for more information and to buy tickets in advance. O yes, and parking is free!
*Sponsors of L.A. Zoo Lights include Service Systems Associates, 99 Cents Only Stores, Lyft, MetroPCS, and Paramount.
**As always this post was dictated using my Mac book and Apple's dictation services. Please pardon any errors. Thank you.