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Festive Fun with Folsom Parks and Recreation

Nov 30, 2015 10:03AM ● Published by Lesley Miller

Photo courtesy of Folsom Parks and Rec

Wild Nights and Holiday Lights returns to the Folsom Zoo this month, providing a festive way for families to celebrate the holiday season. The event is also a great way to see how many of the zoo’s animals behave after dark. During the event, zookeepers treat some of the animals to specially timed feedings and enrichment to enhance the experience for both visitors and animals alike. Volunteer Zoo Docents are also available to answer questions about the animals, explain behaviors, and share fun facts and anecdotes.

As always, the zoo is transformed into a bright and colorful winter wonderland, with thousands of feet of lights adorning the grounds, exhibits and landscaping; lighted animal figures and scenes; and decorated trees. Don’t miss the impressive 20-foot lighted tree at the corner of Natoma and Stafford Streets; also new is a spectacular lighted tunnel leading to the bear deck inside the zoo, with animated icicles and lighted snowflakes. Santa visits each night, too—ready to greet guests and listen to holiday wishes—and zoo bear mascot Santa Paws roams the grounds to pose for photos. Local caroling groups and musicians add festive sounds, while the Folsom Valley Railway miniature live steam train provides special nighttime rides for kids and adults.

Wild Nights and Holiday Lights is open from 5-8 p.m. on December 4-5, 11-12 and 16-23 (weather permitting; heavy rains will cancel). Admission is $5/person; free for ages two and under; train tickets are $4/person. On December 16 from 5-8 p.m., Food Truck Safari takes place just outside the zoo entrance in Folsom City Lions Park. 

All proceeds from Holiday Lights benefit the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary animals, and tickets may be purchased in advance at, or at the gate.

 — Lesley Miller
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