Holiday light displays are a tradition for many. In Columbus, Ohio, there are a few annual holiday light displays that attract thousands every year.
Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
The 2008 holiday light season has brought the return of Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Celebrating its 20th season, Wildlights runs November 21 through January 3 and is free with zoo admission. Hours are 5:00 pm-9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and Wildlights is open until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Featuring three million lights, Wildlights has changed half of their lights to more energy-efficient LEDs. A new attraction in 2008 is “Rhythms Around the Watering Hole”, a 9-minute animated sequence showing every half hour near the pond. Traditional features from years past make a return, such as the Wildlights Holiday Depot model train display, showcasing model trains running on 600 feet of track. The Frozone Ice Rink is open with skate rentals available for $3.00.
Admission to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is $10 or $7 for those ages 2-7 or over 60. Parking is $5 per car. The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Columbus Zoo is located at 4850 West Powell Road, Powell, OH.
Fantasy of Lights
Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park Marina returns November 21 through December 30 for its ninth season with 136 displays in 2008. Fantasy of Lights is a 2-mile driving tour through the marina area, and admission is $15 per car. Special discounted rates of $10 per car are available Monday through Thursday through December 18. A portion of the proceeds benefit Recreation Unlimited. Santa Claus will be at the Fantasy of Lights until he starts his rounds on Christmas Eve, and free hot chocolate and cookies are available. Alum Creek State Park Marina and Fantasy of Lights is located at 4000 Hollenbeck Road, Lewis Center, OH.
Franklin Park Conservatory
The Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, will once again feature Holidays at the Conservatory. Beginning November 28 and running through January 4, the Franklin Park Conservatory features a wide variety of activities for all.
The Poinsettia Tree, featuring almost 100 poinsettias, is the centerpiece of the Conservatory. The annual Gingerbread House Competition entries will be on display beginning December 2. The Grove, one of the rooftop gardens, will feature lighted Christmas trees.
The Conservatory will feature many activities for families, including craft and performance days. Candlelight Nights features the addition of hundreds of votives set among the plants. Admission to the Conservatory is $7.50 for adults, $4 for ages 2-12 and $6 for those over 60. Visit the Franklin Park Conservatory’s website for a full listing of all of the featured events.