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Review: LA Zoo Lights!

Hi loves! Happy December... 'Tis the Season. Take a peek at my review of LA Zoo's lovely Zoo Lights program.

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.

Guests this year enjoy new features, including two water shows. The main laser show (pictured right) takes place outside the LAIR exit and reminded me of a smaller version of Disney's World of Color. Quite enchanting and calming. There is a secondary show (pictured above) that sadly fell short of the mark but might very easily entertain the young ones with its animated puppet show reminiscent of the Lion King.

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.
Warning: The majority of the animals are sleeping but visitors can see the LAIR's amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles as well as enjoy the only opportunity in Los Angeles to see a real reindeer family comprised of two adults and two adorable babies.

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 

Special Event: Family New Years Eve Celebration is planned for 31 December 2016 from 6pm - 10pm. he special party features "skip-the-line" express entry to the popular Zoo Lights, which sets the Zoo aglow in wonder and delight, a dinner buffet, soft drinks, an East-Coast-midnight toast with a complimentary glass of champagne for adults and sparkling apple cider for kids, dessert, a ride on the Zoo's conservation carousel, games, a DJ dance party, cash bar and live broadcast of New York's Times Square ball drop at 9 pm.  Family New Year's Eve takes place in addition to regular admission and hours. 
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.

Self-guided tour pamphlets are available. My girlfriend and I leisurely strolled and took a couple breaks to rest my legs and our visit was roughly 90 minutes.

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.
Thanks to LA Zoo Lights I am officially in the mood for the season! And I am sure you will too... Be sure to check out the zoo's 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.