The milder temperatures this month have meant great things for the 3rd annual Wild Lights display at the Magnetic Hill Zoo.
Visitor and Education Programs Coordinator Cathy Simon says numbers are up 20 per cent over last year, “We’ve had some nice mild weather, and thankfully some snow arrived a few days ago. I know that really makes a difference. It makes it look a little more magical and I know a lot of people were waiting for the snow because it makes the lights look extra nice.”
Simon says, “Looking back to last year, and this particular week of last year, we had to close because of extreme cold. The fact that this year it has been around 0 degrees, it has made a positive difference for us.”
Simon says several of the evergreen trees are wrapped with 2000 lights each, and there is also a willow tree in the African section that has over 6500 lights on it.
There is also a tunnel of lights as well, which is a great spot to get a photo with your family. Animal figurines that are lit up, are also featured around the zoo, “Some of the three dimensional ones are larger than life,” Simon adds.
The mild weather, also means that some of the animals choose to come out for your viewing.
“A couple of nights ago, I saw the caribou, jaguars, cougar and tigers,” Simon says.
Wild Lights runs until the end of the month, but the Zoo is closed on Christmas Eve day and on Christmas Day.
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