Zoolights Holiday Exhibit in Woodley Park is a Real Turn-On


The dark night returns: Zoolights is back this holiday season with a menagerie of dazzling displays throughout the month. Special events include Military Night on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Date Night on Friday, Dec. 14. (A.M. Kuchling via Flickr)

Ah yes, I wrote about this LED-light extravaganza a year ago and have decided to do so again.

Zoolights at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Woodley Park already begun, and you can see it yourself on December 7-9, 14-23, 26-30 and January 1.

And guess what? It’s free. For those not taking advantage of the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metrorail stop on the Red Line, parking for members is $9 and $16 for nonmembers.

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What the heck is Zoolights? Zoolights is what it sounds like, people walking around the zoo at night looking at a bunch of lighted animal silhouettes, pretty much a one-of-a-kind experience around these parts. This year there will also be “musical light displays, and a new garden scene light sculpture” for your festive eyes to behold.

And yes, like last year there’ll be other attractions geared at children. Geico is sponsoring zoo tubing on Lion/Tiger Hill – two 150-foot-long snow tubing tracks – and kids can take a ride on the Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel. There will also be train rides and model trains to gawk at.

View Larger Map Smithsonian National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

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The Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center, Great Ape House, Think Tank and Kids’ Farm will be open to both shelter you from the cold and offer demonstrations and talks. Not only that, but the enchanted form of Panda Claws – official Zoolights ambassador – will be running around spreading animal joy and scaring kids.

You can shop, eat and even have a brandy or two. You can also donate your old cell phones to help save primates.

Zoolights, powered by Pepco, is a great family-friendly event for area renters who love animals and Christmas lights. It’s sure to warm the heart cockles of even the most obdurate holiday grinch.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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