Alaska Zoo opens a third season of animated displays
Nothing brightens a long winter evening more than a string of glittering lights. The Alaska Zoo, savoring an opportunity to light up the skies, kicked off their annual Zoo Lights exhibit in November, and run the display in two separate chunks of time between the holidays and Fur Rendezvous in early March.
Open Thursday through Sunday evenings from 5-8 p.m. until January 6, and again February 21 to March 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Zoo Lights is part outdoor safari, part animal encounter, and all Alaska sensory overload. Overhead and underfoot, strings of multicolored lights beckon visitors to explore trails usually visited only during daylight hours, and animated, musical displays encourage holiday cheer from even the bah-humbugiest of visitors. Another advantage of visiting the zoo during the evening is a chance to see the facility’s more nocturnal critters at their most active. Tigers, owls, foxes, and the resident wolf pack behave much differently at night, and it’s worth a visit just to witness their activities.
Tickets for Zoo Lights are $5/pp for pass holders, $7/pp for all others, and can be purchased online at www.alaskazoo.org/zoo-lights. Allow at least an hour to cover the entire zoo grounds, and remember to dress in warm layers of clothing, as the zoo certainly cools down with the evening darkness. The Zoo Cafe will be open for hot drinks and snacks, but visitors can also bring their own goodies to consume outside.