Thursday, December 9, 2010

ZooLights: Free Family Fun!

One of my favorite holiday traditions is to see lights and decorations around the city. It's particularly fun to see dramatic light displays in a familiar place ~ it gives the place a whole new level of fun and changes the scene completely.

ZooLights, at the National Zoo, is free this year. This is one of my favorite annual events in DC and is a tradition for many families. The free admission for 2010 is such a wonderful holiday gift!

The environmentally friendly lights illuminate the zoo and are an excellent backdrop to observe the animals as they sleep, or don't sleep, at night. Where else can you see animals and lights at the same time? Animal activities for children are available and interpreters are on hand to talk with visitors about the animals.

Panda Claws, the official ambassador of the event, is available for pictures, too. See if you can find him!

If the little animals in your family are anything like my minnie-animals, you'll probably want to sample some of the special snacks for sale from the zoo concessions. A hot chocolate and some kettle corn is a perfect way to take a break and warm your toes a little bit.

Although the admission cost is free, parking costs $8 for FONZ members and $15 for non-members. Of course, you could also take Metro. Even with the cost of parking, this event is still much more economical for a family than last year's ticket prices or other light displays in the area.

When: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
December 3-12 (Friday - Sunday nights)
December 17 - January 1 (Every night except December 24, 25, and 31)

For more information visit the Zoo's website.


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  1. I went to the one in Memphis for the first time last year and totally enjoyed it. We are not going this year since the bestie just had a baby. I can't wait to go back next year.
    What a great gift from the Zoo that it is free this year.

  2. I am hoping to go this weekend -- so excited (and even more so because it is FREE!)

  3. We to have Zoo Lights in Los Angeles, however, this year due to construction ours is sadly closed. I wish you were closer so we could see your holiday lights.

  4. Love lights at the zoo! We used to go to the zoo in our city... Until we moved. Too bad our town doesn't have one. I miss it. A great holiday tradition!



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