Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Announces Wild Winter Lights

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Announces Wild Winter Lights

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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced it is transforming into a winter wonderland this holiday season with Wild Winter Lights presented by NOPEC. Visitors can experience the vibrant colors of more than one million lights and unique twists on holiday traditions at this all-new evening event at the zoo.

Wild Winter Lights will feature more than a dozen diverse and interactive zones, including: Snow Safari, Glacier Glade and Santa’s North Pole Lodge. Each area features unique twists on holiday festivities, from a 16-foot-tall teddy bear and giant sugar cookies to the awe of the A-Roar-A Borealis, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s version of the Northern Lights. Visitors will get a chance to participate in interactive games like snowball toss, enjoy a dynamic light show on Waterfowl Lake, take photographs with Santa and more.

“We continue to ask guests for feedback to enhance our events and create new and compelling experiences,” said Kelly Manderfield, Cleveland Metroparks chief marketing officer. “Whether you’re looking for a romantic stroll, a night out with friends or an adventure for the whole family, Wild Winter Lights promises to be unforgettable for all this holiday season.”

Additional highlights of the event include the S’more Safari campfire, unlimited showings of The Polar Express in the 4-D Theater, free rides on the Circle of Wildlife carousel, cookie decorating, live music from festive choirs and an elves workshop.

Wild Winter Lights runs from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on weekends beginning November 22. The event also will be offered on Thursdays beginning December 5 and on select Monday dates during the holidays. Wild Winter Lights concludes on January 5.

Wild Winter Lights tickets are limited. Advance ticket sales (which end at 2 p.m. the day of the event) for zoo members are $15.50 and $18.50 for non-members, or a 4-pack for $50. Limited availability tickets can be purchased same-day at the box office for $20.50 each or a 4-pack for $60. Children under 2 are admitted for free.

For a full event schedule, and to purchase tickets, visit

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