‘Lights Before Christmas’ opens tonightWritten by Danielle Stanton | | email@example.com
The Toledo Zoo’s annual Lights Before Christmas opens tonight with the lighting of its 85-foot-tall Norway Spruce near the conservatory at 6-6:30 p.m.
“It’s become a tradition for so many families, not just locally but regionally,” said Andi Norman, director of marketing and public relations at the Toledo Zoo. “People look forward to this time of year. It isn’t the holiday unless you make a visit to the Lights Before Christmas.”
Beginning in early August, the zoo strings 35,000 lights across the zoo and spends two months taking them down. The annual event goes until Jan. 4. Participants can wander the zoo, see the animals still on exhibit during the cold months and view the lights while drinking a hot chocolate or latte.
New this year is an ice slide with three shoots. Participants can watch the dancing lights display near Cheetah Valley, listern to carolers on select nights and visit with Santa at the museum.
The Norway Spruce is taller than the tree in Rockerfeller Center and its trunk circumference is 8 feet 7 inches. It weights an estimated 7 tons — about as much as the combined weight of Renee and Louis, two of the zoo’s African elephants, according to the zoo’s website.
Admission is $13 for adults (ages 12-59), $10 for seniors (60-plus), $10 for children (ages 2-11) and free for children under 2. Group and military rates are available.
The hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday 3-8 p.m. with the zoo closing at 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 3-9 p.m. with the zoo closing at 10 p.m.
The Lights Before Christmas is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
For more information, visit www.toledozoo.org.