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Let It Glow Dude
It's the Christmas season!

November 29, 2017




Wildlights at the Zoo. Photos courtesy Woodland Park Zoo
By Rex D. Cain

(SEATTLE, WA.) -- A few years ago someone wrote down what they thought were the 25 best things about the Christmas season.

Presents ended up 9th on the list. Christmas trees and festive holiday lights were numbers 1 and 3 respectively.

Those holiday lights. They're simply magic.

At the Chronicle we get downright giddy at all the gorgeous trees and light displays during the Christmas season, homes and businesses all dolled up for the holidays, Christmas eve church services and midnight mass at the local Catholic church even though none of us are Catholic, even all the shopping.

Seriously, we like that as well.

You could also argue that Christmas is the best holiday because, besides just the general festive atmosphere that permeates the American landscape, you experience that special, warm, fuzzy, lovey-dovey feeling you get only at Christmas time.

It's a feeling that does not appear at any other holiday. That's a fact.

One of the best parts of every holiday season here in the Puget Sound area - one that encompasses all of the above - is the annual Wildlights season at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

It's the bomb. Actually, it's the ultimate bombness. It's like super-duper bomb-skiddly diddly.

Listen, if you're from out of town and you're coming to visit the area during the holidays or you're new here, then you absolutely must go see Wildlights at the zoo.

This now sixth-annual event at the zoo got underway last Friday and runs through January 1st, evenings 5:30pm to 8:30pm. (WildLights is closed December 24th and December 25th.)

When you go there you'll see the zoo brightly (an understatement) lit up with more than 600,000 LED lights that, as the zoo says in a promo piece, "Illuminate dazzling displays of wild animals and exotic destinations."

That is indeed an accurate description. It's so well done with all those lights you can't take a bad picture anywhere that light shines.

The kids (or the young at heart) can get their photo taken with Santa and his reindeer every Friday through Sunday night and enjoy "amazing animal encounters, storytelling, and faux snowball fights in Snowmazium."

You can even book a holiday party there if you want, groups of 200 to 400.

So with all that said, you can purchase tickets here iffen you had a mind to.

Here's the rundown:

WildLights At Woodland Park Zoo presented by Sound Credit Union
November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Open 5:30pm – 8:30pm nightly, closed Dec. 24 and 25
Address: 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103 | 206.548.2500 | zooinfo@zoo.org








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