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WildLights Has Been Nominated for Best Zoo Lights in North America!

We are excited to share that, once again, WildLights has been nominated for USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice “Best Zoo Lights” Award!

For the past several years, you’ve voted us into the top 10 and we’re so grateful for your support. Will you help us light up the charts again this year?

Vote for The Living Desert daily until the contest closes on Wednesday, November 29 at 9:00am.

Hint: bookmark this page so you can easily vote each day!

New to WildLights? Learn about the Desert’s favorite holiday tradition below!

Presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, WildLights is back and brighter than ever! With several new and reimagined light displays, and more than three million dazzling lights throughout the park, this year’s event will delight both longtime fans and first-time visitors!

Join us on select nights from November 22-December 30 to…

  • Marvel at awe-inspiring walk-through exhibits, such as the NEW 30-foot-tall holiday tree, 16-foot-tall lighted snowman, and an 18-foot-tall glowing ornament.
  • Enjoy an enchanting stroll through the African Safari section of the Zoo, complete with a new, enhanced light design. As you explore, be on the lookout for some of Africa’s iconic animals, such as the rhino, giraffe, zebra, and African painted dogs.
  • Visit your favorite festive displays such as the Tunnel of Lights, Dazzling Gift, and holiday-themed G-Scale model train!
  • Get your groove on with nightly holiday music. Entertainment varies each night and may include a DJ dance party, live radio broadcasts, or traditional holiday carolers.
  • In addition to many Instagram-worthy photo ops, snap a photo with Santa until December 24 — or visit the Grinch from December 26-30!
  • Gather around the s’mores station or take a nighttime spin on the holiday-themed carousel, for an additional fee.
  • Savor the season and get your fill of delectable wintertime treats. For guests 21+, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails will be available for purchase.
  • Light up the night with NEW merchandise from the Appel Gift Shop, including interactive glow-in-the-dark t-shirts.

Make your plans for a merry and bright holiday today!

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