As evening exercise it beats running mindless laps at the gym or stumbling along a dimly lit running trail. But a walk through Ohio’s most spectacular light display offers much more than a Christmas cookie calorie burn!
Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo has become an annual Christmas tradition for many of us in central Ohio. It’s a jeweled version of an Ohio winter with acres of glittering trees and walkways rainbowed by glowing lights. Musical light shows and live music, reindeer, a scuba Santa diving amongst tropical fish in a coral reef (as well as a dry one, available for souvenir photos), a 1914 carousel, a Christmas train ride… Wildlights is geared to engage the whole family.
And actually, it can simply be a great evening stroll. Even on a crowded night, it beats tangling with frantic shoppers at the mall.
Wildlights runs through Jan 1, 2012 at the Columbus Zoo in Columbus, Ohio. Admission is $14.00. Reduced admission for children (ages 2 - 9) and seniors. Parking is $5.00. Free admission/parking for Columbus Zoo members.
*Purchase and print your tickets on-line to avoid waiting and save $1.00. Even better, buy a season pass. Walking through Wildlights is a lot warmer (and more fun) than standing (and shivering) in long admission lines.
(Photo credit: Columbus Zoo Ornament; Hannah Hartzell)
Information updated for 2011-2012 season from December 6, 2010.