I love zoos and Christmas lights. So any combination is a great thing in my book! Last December we met up with my sister at the Detroit Zoo for the Wild Lights display. We purchased our advance tickets at a local Kroger store that morning.
From their website:
SEE THE ZOO IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT
For 24 nights beginning November 22, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and activities for guests of all ages. More than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 100 animal sculptures throughout the front of the Zoo. Wild Lights will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. November 22-23 and 28-30 and December 5-7, 11-14, 18-23 and 26-31. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, ice carving and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit will add to the festivities. Seasonal refreshments, Wild Lights souvenirs and photos with Santa “Paws” (until December 23) will be available for purchase.
The Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat and Jane and Frank Warchol Beaver Habitat will be open during Wild Lights; the remainder of the animal habitats and buildings will be closed.
Cost is $8 per person in advance and $10 at the gate for ages 2 and up (under 2 admitted free); parking is $6 per car. Wild Lights is a snow-or-shine event. No refunds or exchanges.
The river otters were very active and cute. There was cookie decorating in the reptile house and we purchased some hot coco as we walked around. It was a nice way to spend the evening watching the dancing lights on the building and walking around the displays. Note that very little animal viewing is open, the light trail only occupies the front part of the zoo.
As you can see it was snowing pretty heavily. People trying to push strollers or pull wagons were not having a good time. Just something to keep in mind if you visit.
More information can be found here: http://www.detroitzoo.org/wild-lights/holiday-cheer