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Third Annual ‘Wild Lights’ at Akron Zoo

The Welcome Center decorated for Wild Lights at the Akron Zoo.

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The Welcome Center decorated for Wild Lights at the Akron Zoo.

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

On Nov. 22, the Akron Zoo kicked off their third annual holiday lights show, Wild Lights.

The lights show is separate from general zoo admission and will run 20 dates between Nov. 23 and Dec. 30 from 5-9 p.m.

Douglas Piekarz, President and CEO of the zoo, said he is excited about the 2018 program and hopes families will “come and share the holiday joy.”

According to the Akron Zoo’s website, pre-sale tickets for Akron Zoo members are $9 for adults, and tickets for children ages 2-14 are $6.

Presale tickets for Akron Zoo non-members are $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 2-14. Presale tickets are defined as tickets bought more than 24 hours in advance, according to the zoo’s website.

For day-of purchases, tickets for members are $12 for adults and for children ages, 2-14 tickets are $9.

For non-members, tickets are $15 for adults, and $11 for children ages 2-14. Parking and shuttle fees are $3 at the gate.

The zoo’s website lists a packed schedule for the lights show. The Snow Queen, Snow Princess and Snowman made an appearance on Nov. 23-25 to celebrate the opening of Wild Lights.

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Grizzly the Bear dressed up for the cold next to the flamingo exhibit.

Other appearances include Roxie, the Baby T-Rex, Cinderella and her prince, the Spider Hero and the Spider Villain, Mrs. Claus and Ollie the Elf will also make an appearance as well.

“Snack with Santa” is available to those who want to spend more time with Santa through an add-on ticket for early entrance to Wild Lights and Santa Land.

The event runs from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., ending during normal Wild Lights hours.

To attend, guests need to buy both Wild Lights tickets and Snack with Santa tickets.

Prices for “Snack with Santa” is $5 for adults and children. Hot beverages, snacks and a writing station for children to write letters to Santa will be available.

This event is available to the public through December 23rd. More details can be found on the Akron Zoo’s website.

“Come create amazing memories with your family and friends this holiday season at your Akron Zoo,” Piekarz said.

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Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Amanda Piekarz is an English Major with a Creative Writing minor at The University of Akron.
A Best of SNO award winner, Amanda is an avid creative writer and loves to read. Although she loves Ohio, Amanda was born in New Jersey; and hopes to one day return home and attend graduate school on the east coast.
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