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Akron Zoo announces return of 'Wild Lights' holiday event

More than 1 million dazzling lights will decorate nearly the entire zoo for the traditional holiday event throughout December.

AKRON, Ohio — Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a previously published, related story. 

The countdown to the holiday season is officially on and the Akron Zoo is getting into the spirit by unveiling their 'Wild Lights' display this month.

Starting Friday, November 26, visitors at the zoo will have the chance to enjoy one of the 'wildest' holiday displays in Northeast Ohio. In addition to Thanksgiving weekend, the event will also take place the following dates of December: 3-5, 10-12, 17-23, 26-30. 

More than 1 million holiday lights are featured on the outdoor display decorating nearly the entire zoo. Trees with synchronized music, animals in their habitat, and fun photo-ops will get everyone into the wild Christmas spirit. 

Visitors will have a chance to meet Santa Claus through December 23rd. The Grinch, snowman, snow princess, and snow queen will be making special appearances between December 26 and Dec. 30, once Mr. Claus returns to the North Pole. To ensure a toasty and cozy experience plenty of beer and hot chocolate will be available for purchase.  

The 'Wild Lights Safari Tour' is also scheduled to be part of the event. During the 45 minute exclusive journey, a staff member will drive guests around the property for them to enjoy the dazzling holiday lights. 

Online tickets for non-members are $6 for children and $13 for adults. Online tickets for Akron Zoo members are $9 for adults and $6 for children. Tickets for the Wild Lights Safari Tour are $265 for members and $275 for non-members. The tour includes a complimentary hot chocolate or coffee in an Akron Zoo mug and free adult Jolt for those 21 and older.

Tickets for the Akron Zoo Wild Lights are available at akronzoo.org/wild-lights or can also be purchased at the door for an additional cost.

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