The Akron Zoo will once again be lighting up the zoo with holiday lights and displays after a 16-year hiatus. Wild Lights sponsored by Kay Jewelers, the zoo’s new fun-filled family event, will take place November 25-27, December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 22-23 and 26-30, 2016. The event will run from 6-9 p.m.
Nearly the entire zoo will be decorated with a mix of lighted wildlife and traditional holiday displays. The event will include a unique nightly light show focused on animals near the zoo’s carousel, Santa Land, where people can visit with Santa and have their pictures taken if they wish, a S’mores station, up-close animal encounters, dinner at the zoo’s 4-star green certified restaurant and much more. Many of the zoo animals will also be on exhibit.
“We are excited to bring this event back to our community and foster memorable experiences for families, as well as educate and inspire people to take an active role in conservation,” commented Doug Piekarz, president & CEO. “We are fulfilling the request from our community to bring this event back, some of whom came as kids and now wish to bring their kids to Wild Lights.”
The zoo had hosted Holidays Lights from 1987-2000 and decorated the zoo with a half a million lights. Over 300,000 people visited the zoo for Holiday Lights during the 14 years the zoo held the event.
The zoo plans to have lights starting at its entrance and continuing throughout the park, a traditional holiday theme in the historical portion of the zoo’s Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge and a Candy Land theme in the zoo’s Frontier Town, which will include an area where visitors can roast their own marshmallows for S’mores.
General (Non-member) admission for Wild Lights will be $15 for adults and $10 for children. Akron Zoo members will be $12 for adults and children are $9. Discounted admission and early entrance at 5:00pm is available for those who purchase their tickets in advance: Pre-sale general (non-member) admission will be $12 for adults and $9 for children. Akron Zoo member advance purchased tickets will be $9 for adults and $8 for children.
On the nights that the zoo is open for Wild Lights it will be closed during the day. Our regular winter hours running from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. apply to all non-event November and December days.
The zoo is also offering companies the opportunity to host their holiday party during Wild Lights. Companies can rent out the entire zoo on an evening when Wild Lights is not open to the public, or people can choose to have a smaller party at the zoo during the event. For more information about hosting a party at the zoo call 330-375-2550 ext. 7251.