LA Zoo Lights 2015!
My family and I had a dazzling night out at the 2nd annual L.A. Zoo Lights! We grabbed our winter coats, scarves and arrived early to beat the crowds. The event brought in over 170,000 fans last year so I was expecting a good turnout!
Our journey began at the front gate, where we followed swinging (lit-up) monkeys who powered the lights on! We made our way past Reggie the alligator and headed to the Reindeer Romp. Nothing says holidays more than seeing real reindeer making the season extra special!
One LA Zoo spot I enjoy is across from the “glowing” meerkats. The pond is usually filled with swans and ducks. During L.A. Zoo lights, it’s a blue oasis! The lights bounce off the water creating a beautiful photogenic moment. I definitely recommend this spot for beautiful pictures plus, it’s romantic! Another superb photo location is beyond the flamingos where they project shapes, patterns and images against cool elephant structures! The effect is awesome!
Guests can dance under twinkling disco balls before stopping at the Carousel for a spin. This is Santa’s spot so check the zoo’s calendar to find out when he’s around. Santa is surrounded by colorful Christmas trees making this a total Christmas card moment so make sure to seize it!
My favorite spot by far is the Twinkle Tunnel. The song Little Drummer Boy played as we walked under an arch of sparkling color. Look to your left for a tribute to Hollywood. Some of the lights seen here are from the original holiday lights located on Crystal Springs drive. This is another nice spot to try to take a few family photos.
New this year is the addition of the LAIR. This area is open to the public but due to the volume of the crowd, you are rushed through which made it a challenge to see the reptiles. Definitely come back to the zoo if you haven’t visited the LAIR. Right beyond the exit is another new attraction, an animated light and water show. Line up early against the railing for optimal viewing.
Food stands are open with a limited menu. Churros, Kettle Corn (a must and it’s located before the meerkats) and hot chocolate are a few of the items. Hot chocolate is a highlight for my kid!
I definitely recommend L.A. Zoo lights as part of your yearly holiday tradition. Dress warm, bring your camera, plan for a leisurely stroll through the zoo (we spent a couple of hours there). But be mindful that the only animals on display will be at the LIAR altough you might catch a glimpse of Reggie the alligator.
One more new addition is Happy Hour. Show up early with the VIP entry for hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and holiday cocktails. Tickets are available on-line and this experience is 21+. Plan a fun date night or friends night out! Just make sure to designate a driver or take a cab!