Watts of Wild Holiday Fun at the St. Louis Zoo

Wander through the Saint Louis Zoo’s dazzling winter wildland, and enjoy thousands of colorful lights and seasonal sounds at U.S. Bank Wild Lights. The exhibit is open Fridays through Sundays, November 25 to December 11 and nightly December 16 to 23 and 26 to 30, 2011, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

You’ll be enchanted by whimsical light displays including a snowflake flurry walk, poppin’ prairie dogs, an illuminated penguin colony, a fantasy butterfly garden and charming gingerbread village, a festive locomotive, flamboyant flamingos, numerous trees ablaze in lights and much more.

Step into the sub-Antarctic and go nose-to-beak with your waddling friends at Penguin & Puffin Coast. Then, warm up in the tropics of the Monsanto Insectarium, where you’ll see colorful insects from around the world. Climb aboard your favorite animal on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel (additional fee of $3 per person).

Gather ‘round the fire to fluff your fur, warm your paws, and perk up your listening ears as you hear captivating animal stories by theatrical interpreters.

Take a detour to Lakeside Cafe for dinner or snacks and hot chocolate, while listening to holiday music. Kids can make a holiday craft to take home. On select nights, hear live performances by local choirs and enjoy a puppet show.

Shop for a variety of unique gift ideas at Zoo gift shops and receive a 10% discount on any purchase; Zoo Friends members receive a 20% discount.

Admission to Wild Lights is $5 per person; $4 for Zoo Friends members (no passes). Children under two are free. Reservations are not required. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.stlzoo.org/wildlights. Groups of 15 or more may receive a group rate by calling (314) 781-0900, ext. 4709 in advance.

Parking will be available for free on the South Lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The Living World North Entrance and North Parking Lot will not be open for this event.

For more information, visit www.stlzoo.org, www.facebook.com/stlzoo  or call (314) 781-0900.

Wild Lights is sponsored by U.S. Bank, Build-A-Bear Workshop® at the Zoo, North Star Frozen Treats and Sprint. Media support is provided by Fresh 102.5.