Ohio Zoo’s are world class. At the holidays they do not disappoint. They are annually some of the best lights in the nation. This year the lights are again in the running for Best Zoo Lights from the 10best at USA TODAY.
The winners of the Best Zoo lights in America will be announced on 12/13.
The newest of The festivals. This is the first year for the zoo lights, but it still is in the running for best zoo light. As they describe it:
Experience the vibrant colors of more than one million lights and unique twists on holiday traditions at this all-new evening event at the Zoo. Wild Winter Lights will feature a dozen diverse and interactive zones including, Snow Safari, Glacier Glade and Santa’s North Pole Lodge. Each area features unique twists on holiday festivities – from a 16-foot-tall teddy bear and giant sugar cookies to the awe of the A-Roar-A Borealis, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s version of the Northern Lights. Visitors will get a chance to participate in interactive games like snowball toss, enjoy a light show on Waterfowl Lake, take photographs with Santa and more.
PNC Festival of Lights
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
The Cincinnati Zoo will have a 25 foot tree on their swan lake, with floating orbs, all synchronized to music. A gingerbread village with hidden surprises will entertain. The Sisters from Frozen have a meet and greet at the Frozen Wonderland area, and Santa will be available 1 hour before the lights this year.
The Cincinnati Zoo was #1 in 2015, #8 in 2017, and #1 again in 2018. How will they do this year?
The Columbus Zoo has gone all out this year. They have a 42 ft tree that puts on a show. Santa is at home near the polar bears. They also have shows through out the zoo, and much more.
The Columbus Zoo was #5 in 2015 and #7 in 2016. Can they break the top 5 this year?
The Toledo Zoo has carolers, lights, and more lights. This year the historic tunnel will make its renovated reopening at the lights. The Cafe will once again be used as a backdrop for a dazzling lights show and the winter village will return.
The Toledo Zoo was #2 in 2015, #1 in 2016 and 2017, and #2 in 2018 (losing to Cincinnati). Will it make this a Back to the top this year?