PALM DESERT – WildLights at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens will be open nightly beginning today, Wednesday, Dec. 19 through Monday, Dec. 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with last admission at 8:30 p.m.

WildLights transforms the zoo and gardens into a twinkling winter wonderland of more than a million lights. Guests will experience the festive tunnel of lights synchronized to holiday music, the life-sized herd of illuminated animal lanterns, and the holiday-themed edition of the G-scale model train display.

WildLights

WildLights New Entrance

This year The Living Desert welcomes visitors through its new entrance, which has greatly improved access and flow into the Zoo. Guests can explore new pathways and light displays throughout the African section of the park and meet many of the Zoo’s African animals including cheetah, zebra, and giraffe. Animal encounters and keeper chats, camel and carousel rides, and entertainment also take place nightly.

“With convenient parking and our new entrance plaza, the WildLights experience has never been easier to enjoy,” Dawn Petrick, Director of Park Services, said in a prepared statement.  “You don’t want to miss the last few days of this favorite holiday tradition.”

All ages will enjoy making s’mores and take-home ornament crafts. Complete your WildLights experience with a visit and photo with Santa Claus who will be making nightly appearances. Delicious food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

WildLights is presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, with supporting sponsor HiTech Lights.

Admission to WildLights is $12 for non-members; $10 for members, military (with ID) and children (ages 3-12). Children under age 3 are free. Some attractions and features require additional fees. Tickets are on sale now and available at LivingDesert.org or at the zoo.  For more information visit the website or call (760) 346-5694.

The Living Desert, home to the WildLights, is an AZA-accredited zoo and gardens that is dedicated to desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. It is a family-friendly place to explore nature and create meaningful experiences for guests that are remembered for a lifetime.

For more information: (760) 346-5694 or visit www.LivingDesert.org. The Living Desert is located at: 47900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260.