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ZooLights Lights Up the Zoo During the Holiday Season
ZooLights is a free winter holiday event at the National Zoo in Washington, DC that is fun for the whole family. The Zoo presents a display of thousands of sparkling lights featuring many of the Zoo’s most popular animals. The annual event is one of the region's favorite. Enjoy the following photos and learn more about the festivities.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Elephants in Lights
ZooLights features sculptures of many of the Zoo’s animals as well as brightly illuminated trees, shrubs, and statues. Every night visitors enjoy various musical and theatrical performances on a stage near Lion/Tiger Hill.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Visit the Animal Exhibits and Adopt a Species During ZooLights
Several animal houses are open to visit during ZooLights including the Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, Reptile Discovery Center, Think Tank, and Kids' Farm.
In this photo, the National Zoo’s male Sumatran tiger Kavi was introduced to the young female tiger, Damai. Visitors can support the zoo's conservation programs with the Adopt a Species package that supports these fascinating felines. With a donation of $65 or more, your special someone will receive a gift set that includes a cuddly plush tiger, a colorful photo, an adoption certificate and more delivered inside an “animal carrier” box.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Panda in Lights
Visitors at ZooLights will enjoy the holiday lights, winter-themed crafts, ice sculpting demonstrations, choral groups, and storytellers. The light displays are sponsored by Pepco, the local power company. Smart Energy Talks are given featuring representatives from Pepco who present energy talks to illuminate the best ways to save energy.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Howling Wolf in Lights
Wolves howl at the moon at Zoolights, a holiday light display at the National Zoo. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Snowglobe with PandaThis is a great spot to take holiday pictures - in front of a 10-ft.-tall snow globe featuring a costume character.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Tigers in Lights
ZooLights features light sculptures of a variety of zoo animals. The free event includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and opportunities for holiday shopping.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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ZooLights features a variety of fun, family-friendly activities and entertainment.
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ZooLights Train Display at the National Zoo
Zoolights at the National Zoo features a model train display in the National Zoo Visitor’s Center. Watch toy trains as they journey across the Visitor Center through a land of Legos and an alphabet countryside.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Zoolights Gingerbread Habitat
Gingerbread enthusiasts can enter the National Zoo’s “Ging-grr-bread Habitat” contest. A twist on the traditional gingerbread house, contestants are asked to build a gingerbread lion habitat in honor of the Zoo’s new cubs. Here's an example of one of the entries. See ZooLights dates, times and ticketing information
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