Sunday, November 30, 2014

Deck the Zoo: A Visit to the LA Zoo Lights Show

LA Zoo lights

The DWP light festival in Griffith Park is long gone -- thank goodness, it was never that great of a display, and not worth the long waits to see it (although we usually walked it, which was a much better experience). But the holiday lights are back in Griffith Park -- this time as part of the Los Angeles Zoo's new LA Zoo Lights display. And this time, it's worth the crowds.

Held nightly from Nov. 28 to Jan. 4, we went on one of the busiest nights of the year (this Saturday) and yes, it was jam-packed and quickly sold out. Yet it was manageable -- and if anything, made for a lively evening. (If we do go back, though, I will make sure to take us on a weekday night.)

But it's an idea that was overdue -- decorate a portion of the zoo with lively lights and other bright displays. And don't forget the reindeer!

The reindeer (Jingle, Belle, Noel and Velvet) are the only animals on display at the event (the others are tucked away from the night). But that's fine, it's late, and you're not there for the animals. You're there for the lights.

Santa is there too, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 5-7 and again on Dec. 12-23. Themed nights include an "Ugly Holiday Sweater Night" on Dec. 12 and a Toys for Tots night on Dec. 18.

Tickets are $8 each; make sure to reserve them beforehand. On Saturday night, the LA Zoo Lights were sold out by 6:45 p.m. -- and our pals who drove all the way from Orange County had to turn around and go home, sadly. Times are staggered to get in; go here to order.

Here are some pics from our night with the lights:

LA Zoo lights

LA Zoo lights

LA Zoo lights

LA Zoo lights

LA Zoo lights

LA Zoo lights

LA Zoo lights

LA Zoo lights

LA Zoo lights

LA Zoo lights

LA Zoo lights

LA Zoo lights

LA Zoo lights

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