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Snow and near 70 degree temps in the same week. That's fall in Michigan. It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just over a week away, but the holiday season is already in full swing. For 24 nights this holiday season from November 24 through December 31, The Detroit Zoo will be illuminated with the spectacular light display of Wild Lights. More than five million twinkling LED lights will brighten the evening sky and illuminate buildings, trees and more than 100 animal sculptures on a trail through the front half of the Zoo. 

“The Detroit Zoo is a magical place in winter and even more so in the glow of holiday lights,” said Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoological Society executive director and CEO. “The enchanting assortment of illuminated exotic animal sculptures—many representing species found at the Zoo—sets this display apart from others and celebrates wildlife.”

Wild Lights guests can take in the lights and sights while enjoying holiday entertainment, season refreshments and activities for kids of all ages, including ice carving, arts and crafts and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which opens on November 20. Guests can also partake in a 20-foot-tall, 150-foot-long snow slide, carousel, photos with Santa, and view an adaptation of the film version of The Polar Express. 

Wild Lights will be held November 20-22, November 27-29, December 4-6, December 11-13, December 18-23 and December 26-31, from 5:30 to 9pm. Admission is $9 in advance, and $11 at the gate—children under 2 are free.