Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Lights Before Christmas

One of our favorite family traditions during the holidays is to visit Riverbanks Zoo for their annual "Lights Before Christmas" display. The zoo opens up at night to an armada of lights - anything that stands still is draped, wound, or in some manner covered in Christmas lights. Familiar carols are broadcast throughout the zoo, and if we're lucky, we may see an animal or two out and about.

There are marshmallows for roasting, the carousel for riding, storytelling near a "fire", riding the Santa train, and "snow" blown from the entrance of the park as well as strategic positions throughout the zoo. (And yes, the foam-blown-soapy-snow is the only snow my kids have ever seen ...)

The highlight of the trip is a visit to Santa.

It was actually COLD when we went this year - we needed our hats and mittens and scarves - it wasn't just for show as in previous years, and added to the holiday feel.

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