CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is transforming into a winter wonderland this holiday season with an all-new experience known as “Wild Winter Lights.”

With more than a million glowing lights, zoo officials say this Christmas event features multiple "diverse and interactive zones" like Snow Safari, Glacier Glade and Santa's North Pole Lodge.

"Each area features unique twists on holiday festivities -- from a 16-foot-tall teddy bear and giant sugar cookies to the awe of the A-Roar-A Borealis, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s version of the Northern Lights."

Other highlights include:

- Pictures with Santa

- A snowball toss

- Light show on Waterfowl Lake 

- S'more Safari campfire 

- Unlimited showings of The Polar Express in the zoo's 4-D theater

- Cookie decorating

- Live music

- Free carousel rides

Advanced ticket prices are $15.50 for Zoo members or $18.50 for non-members. Four-pack tickets are also available for $50. Advance ticket sales end at 2 p.m. the day of the event. There will be some "limited" same-day tickets available at the box office for $20.50 each or $60 for four. You can buy tickets HERE.

Wild Winter Lights takes place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on weekends beginning Friday, Nov. 22 until Sunday, Jan. 5. The event will also be offered every Thursday starting Dec. 5 and select Monday dates during the holidays. You can see the full schedule HERE.

“We continue to ask guests for feedback to enhance our events and create new and compelling experiences,” said Kelly Manderfield, Cleveland Metroparks Chief Marketing Officer. “Whether you’re looking for a romantic stroll, a night out with friends or an adventure for the whole family, Wild Winter Lights promises to be unforgettable for all this holiday season.”

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