MXO ‘The Arts Unplugged’: Wild Winter Lights Returns To Cleveland Zoo This November!

Wild Winter Lights at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on November 19, 2019 during the “Walk Through” (Kyle Lanzer/Cleveland Metroparks), By Chris Mosby, Posted November 3rd 2020

Guests will be able to either walk the zoo grounds or drive-thru the displays.

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will launch its Wild Winter Lights experience on Nov. 17.

This year’s display will feature more than 1 million lights. The zoo will be explorable on foot or by car.

“Wild Winter Lights promises a memorable holiday experience for everyone this year thanks to the support from our community partner NOPEC,” said Kelly Manderfield, Cleveland Metroparks chief marketing officer. “This year, we’ve put a greater emphasis on improving access to our special events so guests can experience our festive lighting display on foot or in their vehicle.”

The zoo will have special holiday-themed areas for guests to explore, including Candyland, Enchanted Forest, Conservation Trail and Santa’s Workshop. There will also be carousel rides, costumed characters, model train displays, ice carvers, live music, photos with Santa and more.

Attendance at this year’s Wild Winter Lights event will be limited to allow for social distancing. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets in advance. Tickets are $18 for zoo members and $20 for non-members. Four-packs of tickets are $54 for members and $60 for non-members. Children 2 and under are free.

Tickets for the drive-thru experience are $54 per car for zoo members and $60 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online.

There will also be handwashing stations positioned around the grounds. Guests will be required to wear face coverings during their visit, if they are walking through the display.

“We are thrilled to be the presenting sponsor again this year of this unique, affordable entertainment option that we expect will be an extremely popular outdoor experience for NEO families this holiday season,” said Chuck Keiper, NOPEC’s executive director. “Our support and involvement underscores NOPEC’s mission of giving back to our communities.”