This year the Stone Zoo Lights were a complete success. Alex at almost three years old was totally over the moon and alternated between being speechless and squeaking. Jen spent the entire time with wide eyes and occasionally pointed at lights. Josh and I (Angelika) had an excellent time watching them.

When you enter the Stone Zoo there is a path with about a bazillion lights to follow through the Yukon Creek section. We didn’t see any of the actual animals, but the lights were plenty exciting. The lights take you through the forest near the entrance, to the monkeys, beavers, and the reindeer. This years photo-with-an-animal was unfortunately not with the cute reindeer, but a slightly scary owl. Read the sad, but medically interesting, story of what happened to the reindeer HERE.

After the zoo you enter the Magic Winter Wonderland. There are lots of lights, lots of animated plush figures, a large model train display, and a very pretty Santa’s Castle, where you can get your photos taken with Santa.

Turns out our camera is tremendously bad at taking photos at night, even on the night setting, so the photo above is from the Stone Zoo website. The blurry ones below are with our camera.

Note the separate entry free for the Lights. The Zoo closes at 4pm, everyone has to leave, and then they open again (with separate entrance fee) at 5pm. From the Zoo website

ZooLights is open through Sunday, January 2, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ZooLights is closed on December 25.

Weeknight Prices (Monday through Thursday): $5.00 per person, $4.00 per member, Under 2 are free

Weekend Nights (Friday through Sunday): $6.00 per person, $5.00 per member, Under 2 are free

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