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Cleveland Zoo's Wild Winter Lights returns for 2020 holiday season with new drive-through option

Experience a winter wonderland with more than one million lights this holiday season at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

CLEVELAND — The holiday season is quickly approaching, and the Cleveland Zoo is preparing to launch its popular “Wild Winter Lights” event for the 2020 season starting Tuesday, Nov. 17.

“This year’s festive event features hundreds of lighting displays across holiday-themed areas including Candyland, Enchanted Forest, Conservation Trail and Santa’s Workshop,” zoo officials announced Monday morning. “Guests can experience Wild Winter Lights on foot or in their personal vehicle.”

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Highlights of this year’s event include walk-through displays, carousel rides, costume characters, model train displays, ice carvers, live music from festive choirs including the Singing Angels, and a dynamic light show featuring an enchanting 50-foot tree. Guests can also take photos with Santa Claus at his workshop during the walk-through event, as well as during select daytime visits throughout the holiday season.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the event’s capacity will be limited and guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. All guests are required to wear a facial covering during their visit (except those younger than 6 or those with an existing condition). Masks, however, are not required for those experiencing the drive-through version.

Wild Winter Lights runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays beginning Nov. 19. The drive-through event will also be offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning Nov. 17. Wild Winter Lights concludes Sunday, Jan. 3. CLICK HERE for all walk-through dates. CLICK HERE for all drive-through dates.

The discounted cost for zoo members is $18 and $20 for non-members, or a four pack for $54 for members and $60 for non-members. Children 2 and younger are free. Tickets for the drive-through experience are $54 per car for zoo members and $60 per car for non-members.