ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is dreaming of a green Christmas – and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa – by incorporating elements of its Greenprint sustainability plan into Detroit Zoo events and operations this holiday season.
The Zoo’s Wild Lights holiday light display, held on select evenings through December 31, features more than five million energy-efficient LED lights illuminating buildings, trees and more than 100 animal sculptures on a trail through the front half of the Zoo. A 100-bulb string of LED lights uses the same electricity as 42 100-bulb strings of traditional lights.
“We’re very excited to present an even bigger and brighter Wild Lights display this year and even more so to do it in a green way,” said Ron Kagan, DZS Executive Director and CEO.
The DZS Green Team is on hand at Wild Lights to share green holiday tips, including demonstrations on how to upcycle common household trash and recycling items into bird feeders, tree ornaments and tabletop centerpieces. Guests can bring in broken holiday lights for recycling in exchange for a coupon toward a new strand of LED holiday lights. Continue reading
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Visitors to Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo are encouraged to bring a canned or other non-perishable food item to be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank. As presenting sponsor of the holiday light display, Bank of America is organizing the food drive to help provide meals to individuals and families in need across Metro Detroit.
In addition, for every dollar donated online to national food bank network Feeding America’s Give a Meal campaign, Bank of America will match it by $2. A link to donate can be found by clicking here.
“Thanks to our partnership with Bank of America, Wild Lights guests can help ensure that everyone in our community has enough to eat this holiday season,” said Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director and CEO.
Wild Lights will feature more than two million twinkling LED lights adorning buildings, animal sculptures and trees on a half-mile trail through the front of the Detroit Zoo. The event will also include live entertainment, a musical light show, cookie decorating, storytelling, ice carving demonstrations and a Lego city and train display.
Wild Lights will be held for 24 nights Nov. 23-24, 29-30; Dec. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-23, 26-30, 2013; and Jan. 2-5, 2014. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and remain open until 9 p.m. weeknights and Sundays and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $8 per person in advance and $10 at the gate for ages 2 and up (under 2 free); parking is $5 per car. Tickets can be purchased at Detroit Zoo main admissions, online at http://www.detroitzoo.org/events/wild-lights and at all Michigan Kroger stores.
By Jeffrey Buck
More than a million LED lights will be shining bright on trees, buildings and animal sculptures throughout the front of the Zoo for 24 nights.
Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo is back and if you missed the opening weekend have no fear as you have many more opportunities to experience the spectacular holiday magic. The yearly event which features live entertainment, seasonal refreshments, arts & crafts, ice carving and a holiday train display will take place this weekend, November 29-December 1. If you can’t make it there will also be several dates throughout December and January.
The Detroit Zoo is a magical place in winter and it will be even more so in the glow of holiday lights,” said Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director and CEO. “Our hope is that Wild Lights will again become a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the community.”
The Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat and Jane and Frank Warchol Beaver Habitat will be open during Wild Lights; the remainder of the animal habitats and buildings will be closed.
“The Polar Express 4-D Experience” will be shown exclusively during Wild Lights at the Wild Adventure Zone’s 4-D Theater. The 14-minute adaption of the feature film starring Tom Hanks tells the tale of a doubting young boy who takes a train ride to the North Pole and discovers that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Cost is $5.
Tickets for the event are $8 per person if bought in advance or $10 at the gate. Parking is $5 per car. The other dates are as follows:
December 6-8, 13-15, 20-23, 26-30
January 2-5, 2014
For more information visit the Zoo’s website here.
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By Stephanie Saviola
For many of us, the classic Christmas look with white lights and red and green decorations is nostalgic and comforting, but sometimes it can be a bit overdone and too serious, especially for a fun party. Try a little change-up in holiday entertaining by adding a pop of color. Instead of traditional evergreen tree, try a funky faux one in pink. Don’t want to give up the classic tree? Mix strands of purple, blue or orange lights with classic white ones. Bonus-the colorful lights will be perfect to re-use for New Year’s entertaining as well!
Check out the items by clicking the photos below: