Each year, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium makes the holiday season even brighter with its "green" Wildlights display. During the evenings from mid-November through early January, the 90-acre zoo dons millions of LED lights that use less electricity and last longer than traditional bulbs (in keeping with the zoo's commitment to conservation).
This is a great way for central Ohioans to spend a festive evening, even if it's cold or raining. The displays wow visitors with structural light exhibits, and lights strung among trees and bushes illuminate the zoo's eight geographic regions where more than 9,000 animals are housed. The centerpiece is Conservation Lake, where lights reflect upon the water to sparkle with double the brilliance. Every half hour, choreographed lights and music stop visitors in their tracks.
Wildlights also includes caroling, train rides, Santa visits and cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus. There's even a scuba-diving Santa who plunges into a tank of colorful coral and fish. Fire pits warm visitors, and plenty of indoor exhibits offer respite from the cold. Rainy days only add extra sparkle, and snow lends a sense of magic, especially when you see the zoo's Siberian tigers playing in the fluffy flakes.
Adult admission is $14, seniors $10, kids ages 2 to 9 get in for $9.