Los Angeles may not be most famous for its wintertime and Christmas season activities, but newcomers and tourists in Southern California would be surprised to learn just how much there is going on around the City of Angels during the holiday months. Beyond exploring the usual theme parks in Anaheim and Universal City, families and Yuletide aficionados can make their way to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, where the annual L.A. Zoo Lights illuminate the trees and pathways in the Griffith Park-located zoological menagerie.

Colorful lights and cheerful holiday music brighten up the Los Angeles Zoo with cleverly named animal-themed displays such as “Hello Holidays!,” “Monkey Business,” “Merry Meerkats,” “L.A.phants,” “Wonderland Walkabout,” “Leaping Light Frogs,” “Starry Lights,” “The Blue Forest,” and the always-popular “Twinkle Tunnel,” which received a high-tech upgrade this year.

Watch L.A. Zoo Lights 2018 highlights at Los Angeles Zoo:

Also available around the zoo for L.A. Zoo Lights are The Luminous LAIR, where guests can visit nocturnal animals such as snakes and other reptiles, the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel, and the modest but fun “Splashes of Light” water and laser show, which may very well be the best display of its kind on the west coast until Disneyland Resort’s “World of Color” gets up and running again.

Watch “Splashes of Light” water and laser show at L.A. Zoo Lights 2018:

“Glowing animals welcome you on an unforgettable nighttime journey that includes giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, a whimsical herd of animated elephants, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. L.A. Zoo Lights is a not-to-be-missed nighttime holiday light experience and has glowed brighter each year since its debut in 2014. This year’s event features a dazzling new area to explore, luminous new displays, and reimagined favorites.”

L.A. Zoo Lights runs nightly (except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day) from now through Sunday, January 6 at the Los Angeles Zoo in Los Angeles, California. For more information and advance ticketing, be sure to visit the zoo’s official website.

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