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Lights Before Christmas opens Nov. 16  
Since 1986, the Lights Before Christmas has drawn families to the Toledo Zoo for dazzling lights, holiday treats and festive good cheer. On Friday, November 16, 2012, the holiday season starts with the ceremonial lighting of the Zoo’s 85-foot Norway spruce tree, which Travelocity named one of the country’s best.

See the magnificence for yourself when the Big Tree, draped in more than 35,000 energy-saving LED lights, comes aglow at the tree-lighting ceremony on Friday, November 16, between 6 and 6:30 p.m.

The Lights Before Christmas is presented by KeyBank. “We’re pleased that we’ve been part of the Toledo Zoo’s great event since its inception,” said James A. Hoffman, president of KeyBank’s Northwest Ohio/Michigan District. “We invite the community to join us for a festive evening at the Zoo on Friday, November 16.”

This year, in addition to over a million lights and 200-plus illuminated animals, plus carolers and ice-carving on selected evenings, the Zoo introduces the dynamic new Winter Playland attractions sponsored by Taylor Automotive Family. Winter Playland activities are offered for a nominal fee; inclusive ride packages are available.

_Giant rocking horse: standing more than 15 feet tall and accommodating up to four riders, this Dobbin promises a “rockin’ good time.”

_Snow Globe Live: step inside the winter fun of this bigger-than-life snow globe.

_Snowzilla: take a thrilling winter ride on our artificial ice tube slide (arriving in early December).

The Blade is the media sponsor for the Lights Before Christmas opening weekend (November 16 – 18).

The Lights run from November 16 through December 31 (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day). Hours are 3 – 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, with the Zoo closing at 9 p.m.; on Friday and Saturday, the hours are 3 - 9 p.m., with the Zoo closing at 10 p.m.

This year, Toledo Zoo members get unlimited free Monday-Thursday Lights Before Christmas visits. Visitors can save $1 per ticket by ordering online at toledozoo.org/lights.

The Toledo Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) and is located on the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 25), four miles south of downtown Toledo.

The Lights Before Christmas runs November 16 – December 31, starting at 3pm daily; closing hours vary. For more information, please visit toledozoo.org or call 419.385.4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. ID showing proof of residency is required.

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Revised: 11/13/12 06:03:43 -0800.




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