CLEVELAND — The holiday season is here, and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is kicking off the celebration with the start of their "Wild Winter Lights" event Friday night.

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.

There are 12 differently themed areas that put "unique twists on holiday festivities."

Highlights of the event 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.

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