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.
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.
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.
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.
In addition to over a million holiday lights, guests enjoy campfire s'mores around warming fire pits, holiday carolers and plenty of holiday cheer.
Nearly a million dazzling lights illuminate Riverbanks Zoo during Lights Before Christmas, one of Columbia, South Carolina's longest running holiday events.
This zoo in California’s Palm Desert celebrates the season with more than a million lights decorating its pathways and life-size animal lanterns.
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.
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.
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.
During the annual PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo, some four million LED lights illuminate the night.