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These 10 zoos have the best holiday lights displays

from USA TODAY 10Best

Once the sun sets and the animals go to bed, these 10 U.S. zoos celebrate the season with the best lights displays, according to 10Best readers.

Photo courtesy of Dallas Zoo

10. Dallas Zoo Lights

The 2020 Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant will take the form of a drive-thru holiday safari featuring more than a million lights, animal lanterns and an ice palace.

Photo courtesy of California Living Museum

9. Holiday Lights at California Living Museum

This Bakersfield, California event features three million lights, 250 animated displays, a 200-foot tunnel of light and a 30-foot-tall drive-thru Christmas tree tunnel.

Photo courtesy of San Diego Zoo

8. Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo in California does the holidays big with its annual Jungle Bells event, where guests can see light displays, animal sculptures and musical shows. The 2020 event is postponed due to COVID restrictions.

Photo courtesy of Saint Louis Zoo

7. U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo

In addition to over a million holiday lights, guests enjoy campfire s'mores around warming fire pits, holiday carolers and plenty of holiday cheer.

Photo courtesy of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

6. Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Nearly a million dazzling lights illuminate Riverbanks Zoo during Lights Before Christmas, one of Columbia, South Carolina's longest running holiday events.

Photo courtesy of Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

5. WildLights at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

This zoo in California’s Palm Desert celebrates the season with more than a million lights decorating its pathways and life-size animal lanterns.

Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Zoo

4. Christmas at the Zoo at the Indianapolis Zoo

Visit Santa’s Village to see St. Nick’s sleigh and reindeer, or snap a selfie in front of a Christmas tree. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir will provide the cheerful soundtrack.

Photo courtesy of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

3. Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Some 50 acres are illuminated with 85 light sculptures during the Colorado Springs park's annual Electric Safari. Select animal exhibits remain open during the festivities.

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2. Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo

Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo features more than a million holiday lights and some 200 illuminated animal images, as well as an ice slide and photo ops with Santa.

Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

1. PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo

During the annual PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo, some four million LED lights illuminate the night.

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