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Make Holiday Memories at the Montgomery Zoo’s 25th Annual Christmas Lights Festival

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

MONTGOMERY ZOO (Montgomery, AL): Get into the holiday spirit and put a little holly jolly in your step during the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum’s 25th Annual Christmas Lights Festival. The event kicks off December 1st with a tree lighting ceremony and will run 25 nights in the month of December. 

Christmas Lights Festival is a cherished tradition for many families in the River Region who come to see the Zoo transformed into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights. The festival runs from 5:30-9:00 pm nightly December 1-4, 8-11, and 15-31. Last admission is at 9:00pm, and all guests must exit by 9:30 pm.

Guests can enjoy the magical light displays during a train ride around the Zoo or from high atop the Zoofari Skylift. The petting zoo, Parakeet Cove, and playground will be open for added fun. Live entertainment will be featured nightly, and children can share their Christmas wishes with Santa who will be on site through December 23. Photos with Santa will be available for purchase.  The Overlook Café will serve regular menu items, as well as hot chocolate, freshly baked cookies, and other holiday treats.

The Zoo and the City of Montgomery thank corporate sponsors Coca-Cola, Costco, and Hodges Warehouse + Logistics as well as media sponsors WSFA, Cumulus Media, and The Montgomery Advertiser.

Regular festival admission is $15 (ages 3 and older).  Admission fee includes entry and one Christmas Lights Festival train ride. Early bird admission rate is available for $20 (ages 3 and older) which includes afternoon admission to the zoo plus Christmas Lights Festival admission and one Christmas Lights Festival train ride. Group rates are available for purchase. Zoo members receive free admission to Christmas Lights Festival. Members without a train pass can purchase a Christmas Lights Festival train ticket for $3 each. All animals will be in their night quarters and not on display. For detailed admission and fee information, visit:
The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum is a 42-acre zoological facility located minutes from the heart of historic, downtown Montgomery.  Adjacent to the Zoo is the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum, housing the one of the Southeast’s largest collections of preserved North American wildlife and artifacts.

The Montgomery Zoo is a Department of the City of Montgomery, Alabama