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Wildlights returns to the Columbus Zoo with something for all people

The zoo is putting on its yearly Wildlights celebration from Nov. 19 through Jan. 2. Wildlights will function roughly 3 million lights throughout the zoo. Credit rating: Courtesy of Grahm S. Jones.

For the rest of the calendar yr, when the sunshine goes down, site visitors at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will uncover themselves bathed in a distinct variety of light. 

The zoo is putting on its annual Wildlights occasion from Friday as a result of Jan. 2, 2022. Opening at 5 p.m. every night time, Wildlights will aspect around 3 million lights through the zoo, Kevin Rohrbacher, revenue supervisor for the Columbus Zoo, said. The zoo will also characteristic rides and points of interest, this sort of as the Polar Bear Convey and the S’mores Expertise, which invitations friends to roast marshmallows in excess of a fire, according to the site.

“It’s just going to be an magnificent spot to occur out and occur cling with some mates, or deliver a day,” Rohrbacher mentioned. “Get out and appreciate some of the wintertime festivities we have out right here.” 

Additionally, Jeff Glorioso, director of activities and promotions at the zoo, mentioned the Columbus Zoo will element various evenings of appreciation for health care staff and initially responders.

“Stuff The Truck” is a Dec. 3 function benefiting the Mid-Ohio Meals Financial institution. Glorioso claimed visitors who convey six non-perishable food stuff items will acquire totally free admission into the park for the night.

Owing to the winter season climate, some animals will not be ready to participate in the festivities, Glorioso mentioned. However, website visitors will nonetheless have the prospect to go to several admirer favorites, these kinds of as the Manatee Coast exhibit, the zoo’s Learn Reef, the Reptile Lab and the elephants, which will be in an indoor region, he mentioned.

Rohrbacher said the zoo has a method with Ohio State D-Tix, a campus firm that presents special discounts for learners, and encourages college student groups to enjoy the festivities at a discounted selling price.

“It’d be great for fraternities, sororities, college student corporations, whatever it is, to get out in this article, have a enjoyment outing,” Rohrbacher claimed.

Glorioso mentioned the zoo is for friends of all ages and website visitors can occur out, delight in the Wildlights and have a great time, as very long as they dress correctly for the coming temperature. 

“You do not have to have little ones to appear to the zoo,” Glorioso claimed. “You can arrive out and discover about animals and love the vacation season.”

Wildlights is free to zoo users, though typical entrance is $21.99 for non-Franklin County inhabitants and $16.99 for Franklin County citizens, in accordance to Rohrbacher. There will also be bargains for seniors and youth.