It’s the 30th anniversary of Toledo Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank. This annual celebration has become “THE” holiday tradition in Toledo and northwest Ohio. The “Big Tree,” is an 85-foot Norway spruce decorated with more than 35,000 energy-saving LED bulbs illuminating the night sky.
Lights Before Christmas display features over one million lights and more than 200 illuminated animal images. Other traditions continuing at Lights this year include the Ice Slide with Winter Village, ice carvings, live animal encounters and, of course, Santa. New this year is the Talking Tree that leads a short holiday sing-along and more cold weather animals than ever before. It would not be Lights without the Zoo’s famous hot chocolate, homemade fudge and baked goods!
Lights Before Christmas will run until January 3, 2016. The display will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve night, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Hours of operation for Lights Before Christmas are 3-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Zoo will close one hour after last admission to allow guests to finish their visit.
Toledo Zoo members receive free and unlimited Monday-Thursday Lights Before Christmas visits plus one free weekend visit. Visitors can save $1 per ticket by ordering online at toledozoo.org/lights.
Come enjoy all the season has to offer at the 30th anniversary of Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank at your Toledo Zoo!
The Zoo is normally open daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is located on the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 25), four miles south of downtown Toledo. Hours of operation for Lights Before Christmas, presented by KeyBank are 3-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, please visit toledozoo.org or call 419-385-4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge on non-holiday Mondays from 10 a.m. – noon. Valid ID showing proof of residency is required.