Zoo Lights opens to public on Friday

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Alaska Zoo's annual Zoo Lights display, combining an experience at the zoo with lighted decor throughout the campus, opens to the public on Friday, November 29.

Zoo Lights will be held every Thursday through Sunday from then until March 1, with extra sessions during Christmas week. The show will be open daily from 5 to 8 between December 19 and January 5.

"It's a great, fun evening out even if it's raining sideways," said Patrick Lampi, the executive director of the Alaska Zoo. "Get some exercise, walk around the zoo, see some animals. It's a great way to spend a winter night."

Lampi said that with having to take care of all the animals throughout the winter, the zoo decided to try out an idea spotted in the Lower 48: An evening lights display during the colder months of the year.

"We weren't sure if it was really going to go very far up here with it being so cold," Lampi said, "but no. Alaskans took right to it. About 15,000 people come each year, so it's really important for the zoo and a great time for the community."

Times are 5 to 8 p.m. through January 31, and then 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. through the end of the Zoo Lights season.

Tickets are $10 per person for non-members ages 3 and up, $8 per person for members ages 3 and up. Infants and tots under 3 years old receive free admission.

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