Cincinnati, Toledo take top spots in best zoo lights list; Columbus not chosen | WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio


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Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was left off the list of USA Today’s 2018 10 Best Zoo Lights.

The top spot went to Cincinnati and Toledo came in second.

Here is the full list:

  • PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo – Cincinnati
  • Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo – Toledo, Ohio
  • Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo – Detroit
  • U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo – St. Louis
  • Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – Colorado Springs
  • Let There Be Lights at Promised Land Zoo – Branson, Mo.
  • Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden – Columbia, S.C.
  • ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo – Phoenix
  • L.A. Zoo Lights at the Los Angeles Zoo – Los Angeles
  • SunTrust Zoo Lights at the Memphis Zoo – Memphis

Well, we think Wildlights is pretty cool anyway — list or no list.

You can check out the display comes together here.

Wildlights runs from through Jan. 6.

The Zoo opens daily at 10 a.m. with Wildlights activities operating Sundays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Zoo will be closed Christmas Day (Dec. 25), as well as for Wildlights on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24). Wildlights is included with Zoo admission. Regular admission rates apply to all guests, and admission is free for Columbus Zoo and Aquarium members. For more information, visit the Zoo’s event calendar.

Some of this year’s main Wildlights attractions include:

  • Animated light shows, including “Holiday Rhythms Around the Watering Hole” at Conservation Lake and Jingle Ball located at the Shores Play Park.
  • Do You Wanna Find a Snowman Seek-n-Find, brought to you by Disney On Ice: Frozen and Friends, with new winners and magical prizes each week.
  • Santa’s Holiday Home in the North America region at the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost! Guests can spend time with Santa and also enjoy holiday sweets with Mrs. Claus at her kitchen in Conservation Courtyard. Please note that the Claus family will not be available after Dec. 23 due to other obligations.
  • Wildlights rides, including the Polar Bear Express, a train ride through the North America winter wonderland; camel rides located in the North America region; and the 1914 Mangels-Illions Carousel, a historic Central Ohio treasure located near the Columbus Dispatch Charities Grand Pavilion. Additional fees may apply.
  • Meet and Greets with Rudolph and Friends. Be sure to bring your camera as the most favorite reindeer of all, Rudolph, the lovable abominable snow monster, Bumble, and aspiring dentist, Hermey the elf, join us at Wildlights this year to create even more magical memories. You can also catch Rudolph and his friends on the big screen at the Shores Play Park 4-D Theater in the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D Theater Experience.
  • The Sparkling Spruce, presented by Meyers Jewelers, and its captivating light and sound shows “Candela: The Evolution of Light” and all-new show “Christmas Cheer Masterpiece” located in the Entry Village.
  • And, of course, amazing animals! Many animals will be visible from the comfort of heated, indoor shelters, including Manatee Coast; Discovery Reef; the reptile building; the habitats at Vanishing Giants and the Naomi Coyle Dempsey Quest for Enlightenment Interpretive Center in Asia Quest; and the nocturnal building in the Australia and the Islands region. Others— including Santa’s favorite, the reindeer—will be outside during the festivities. Please note that some animal areas (such as the gorilla and bonobo habitats in Congo Expedition) will close at 4 p.m.

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