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Holiday Wildlights at The Columbus Zoo

Updated on December 14, 2012

Every Year The Columbus Zoo Decks Their Grounds With Beautiful Twinkling Christmas Lights

We took a trip to the Columbus Zoo a couple weeks ago to check out their holiday lights. The kids had a blast checking out all the animals and the beautiful light show.

The Columbus Zoo is open in the evenings with their light show throughout the holiday season. Some of the animal exhibits are even open (including some of Santa's reindeer), and there are even some indoor exhibits, and kids can take a carousel ride.

They have a light show over the center of the zoo, with lights blinking to the music several times a night.

It's a wonderful night of family entertainment and fun. I captured quite a few of my favorites lights and scenes on camera, so I thought I'd share a few of them with you here today.

Columbus Zoo Light Show Over The Lake

Christmas lights on the Lake at the Columbus Zoo
Christmas lights on the Lake at the Columbus Zoo

Every half hour or so there was a light show on the lake with lights flashing to the music.

Columbus Zoo Wildlights Show In Action

Here's a video of the Columbus Zoo Wildlights show, the show is way more impressive in person, with the lights blinking to the music all around you.

Columbus Zoo Wildlights Show

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo
Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo

Here are the details for the 2009 Columbus Zoo Wildlights Show

Dates: November 20, 2009 to January 02, 2010

Time: Sun -Thurs 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.,

Fri and Sat 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.,

Closed Nov. 26, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25

Cost: Regular admission rates apply. Free to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium members.

For more information on the show visit the Columbus Zoo website.

The Making of The Columbus Zoo Wildlights Holiday Show

A Kid and Adult Favorite Was the Carousel

Columbus Zoo Carousel
Columbus Zoo Carousel

Animals In Lights at the Columbus Zoo

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Lighted baby elephant.Lighted DolphinsLighted HippopotamusLighted DragonflyLighted Iguana in a treeLighted flamingoLighted PeacockLighted MothLighted SeahorseLighted Giraffe
Lighted baby elephant.
Lighted baby elephant.
Lighted Dolphins
Lighted Dolphins
Lighted Hippopotamus
Lighted Hippopotamus
Lighted Dragonfly
Lighted Dragonfly
Lighted Iguana in a tree
Lighted Iguana in a tree
Lighted flamingo
Lighted flamingo
Lighted Peacock
Lighted Peacock
Lighted Moth
Lighted Moth
Lighted Seahorse
Lighted Seahorse
Lighted Giraffe
Lighted Giraffe

Scenes From Your Favorite Christmas Program

A Christmas Story, Leg Lamp, Christmas Classics
A Christmas Story, Leg Lamp, Christmas Classics

The Columbus Zoo also featured glass cases with scenes from your favorite holiday classic, there were scenes from A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph, Frosty The Snowman, The Nutcracker, A Christmas Story and many more.

The kids had a fun time checking these out and trying to be the first to announce the name of the Christmas Classic

Melted Frosty The Snowman at the Columbus Zoo
Melted Frosty The Snowman at the Columbus Zoo

There Are Several Animal Exhibits Open For The Wildlight Show

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Salt water fish at the Columbus ZooSanta's Reindeer at the Columbus ZooBats at the Columbus Zoomanatee at the Columbus Zoo Wildlights ShowSea Horse at the Columbus Zoo Wildlights Show
Salt water fish at the Columbus Zoo
Salt water fish at the Columbus Zoo
Santa's Reindeer at the Columbus Zoo
Santa's Reindeer at the Columbus Zoo
Bats at the Columbus Zoo
Bats at the Columbus Zoo
manatee at the Columbus Zoo Wildlights Show
manatee at the Columbus Zoo Wildlights Show
Sea Horse at the Columbus Zoo Wildlights Show
Sea Horse at the Columbus Zoo Wildlights Show

More Beautiful Holiday Lights From The Columbus Zoo

Lighted Tree at the Columbus Zoo
Lighted Tree at the Columbus Zoo

This tree was covered in lights and flashed to the beat of the music. The Wildlights show is powered by energy efficient LED lights for their twinkle and glow.

Have you ever been to a zoo holiday light show?

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Great lens. Thank you.

    • robert2704 lm profile image

      robert2704 lm 

      7 years ago

      Great lens and pictures! For your highlights video, please add an EXCESSIVE FLASH WARNING!. I put it on full screen and I'm sensitive to flashing lights. Apart from that, great lens!

    • JenOfChicago LM profile image

      JenOfChicago LM 

      7 years ago

      Great photos! We have this event at the two Chicago area zoos too, and its one of my favorite Christmas-y things to do!

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      rwoman 

      7 years ago

      The Lexington Horse Park (KY) does a great light show for the holidays!

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      Janet2221 

      7 years ago

      The lights reflecting on the lake are gorgeous! Great job on the lens.

    • The-Java-Gal profile image

      The-Java-Gal 

      8 years ago

      I have never been to a zoo light show, so I really enjoyed both your pictures and a rundown of the activities. Nice job.

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful! Looks like a great time at the Columbus Zoo!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Neat! They do this at the local park near where I live and at the Oceanfront in Va. Beach. Your pictures are cool!

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