By Anietra Hamper
Posted On: Nov 14, 2022
The state's five zoos are must-see attractions, especially during the holidays. In fact, three of the zoo displays — Cincinnati, Toledo, and Columbus — consistently rank among the best in the U.S. Read on the learn more about their light displays and how it's penguining to look a lot like Christmas in Ohio.
Akron Zoo Wild Lights presented by Akron Children's Hospital
Wild Lights at the Akron Zoo features more than 1 million lights in a variety of stunning displays, including the Holly Jolly Hillside and a wall of animated lights set to music. Through Dec. 23, you can also visit with Santa when you visit the zoo. And don't forget to stop by Mrs. C's Sweets for s'mores and other treats to enjoy this holiday season.
Dates: Nov. 25 - Dec. 30
Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank at the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
The holiday season is energized at the Toledo Zoo's Lights Before Christmas, which features more than 1 million lights and 200 illuminated animal images. In addition to brilliant lights throughout the zoo, you and your family can enjoy various events and activities - like encounters with Santa. With all the zoo has to offer this holiday season, it's no wonder it was voted the second-best zoo lights in the country by USA TODAY's Readers' Choice poll last year.
Dates: Nov. 18 - Dec. 31
PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Dates: Nov. 18 - Jan. 1
Wild Winter Lights presented by NOPEC at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland with hundreds of displays and more than 1 million individual lights during Wild Winter Lights. All throughout the zoo are specific holiday themes areas like Candyland, Enchanted Forest, Starry Skies, Future for Wildlife Trail, and Santa's Workshop. At the latter, you can also grab that Insta-worthy pic with Santa. And depending on which date you go, you can experience this year's event on foot or in your car.
Dates: Nov. 15 - Dec. 30
There are so many fun things to do when you visit Ohio's zoos. But don't forget to check online before you go -- as hours and activities can vary during the winter. This holiday season, start a winter tradition with your family or find a new way to enjoy the season and make memories.