World of Lights at the Zoo

 We had bought tickets back in September to Southwick's Zoo World of Lights Festival of Illumination.  With a few hiccups along the way we finally got to go this past weekend and while it probably only took us 30 minutes or so to walk around the zoo we had a really great time! 

I snapped a few photos along the way so I could share them with you.  We arrived around 6:15 and had tickets for 6:30.  The skies were just starting to get dark. In conjunction with the large Japanese style lantern animals the zoo also had all sorts of lights strung up through the trees and along the walkways. 



I didn't take photos of everything and a few of them were blurry once I was able to really look through the shots on my camera but I think you get a good idea of everything. 





I was surprised at how crowded the zoo felt and can only assume it was because this festival was limited to a small section of the zoo and not spread throughout the whole thing.  Often though if we just hung back for a second or two we were able to avoid crowds.  


















I had the hardest time photographing the giant dragon though; his body made several coils that arched over the pathway and it was so neat!  


I took a close up of just the head so you could get a sense of all the colors.  



Before we knew it we were back to the beginning and it was time to head home. 



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Comments

  1. This looks amazing! We may have to check it out if we can squeeze it in between Nutcracker rehearsals!

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  2. Joanne, you did a fabulous job capturing the night lights. It's so easy to over expose photographs shot in the dark. I enjoyed browsing through your pictures. Now, I want to go to the zoo and I want to see Christmas lights. I'm pretty sure the later will happen before the first with the way the days are disappearing so quickly. :)

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    1. Thank you! I had a few that were over exposed and one that was blurry but overall I thought the photos came out great.

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  3. I love things like that and would love to see it!

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    1. Me too! I had to drag the whole family along and have already been asked if this can count in place of Christmas lights.

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  4. What fun! I can't wait for the Bronx Zoo one this year!

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    1. I wonder if our zoo will make it an annual thing...

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  5. You got some great pictures! Love the flamingos and penguins!

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  6. Oh my goodness! That looks amazing!

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  7. Ohh, how pretty. It looks like a lovely evening out.

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    1. You know when the teens are taking photos that it was a pretty fun night.

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  8. Looks like great fun! We have something similar here - but at Christmas. Its freezing and the animals don't even want to be out (I guess it is all about the lights but seeing a few animals if you are at the zoo would be nice...) I would much more enjoy it this time of year!! Great pictures!

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    1. We were able to see a few of the animals and we could hear others like the lions.

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  9. What a fun event. We've only done this at Christmas which makes for a cold day. I love the idea of having it now.
    XOOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. I don't think any of our zoos have lights at Christmas... though I vaguely remember one zoo having drive through lights last year for the pandemic but heard the lines were SUUPER long.

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  10. Those lights are spectacular! I would absolutely love a place like this!

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  11. Oh this looks incredible! Our kiddos would love this. I wish we had something similar here!

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    1. It seems like they are catching on in popularity around other zoos so maybe one day soon?

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  12. We had an exhibit like this here two years ago. I really hope they come back. We loved it. You got some great shots.

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  13. I love Southwick!!! We haven't been to the light festival but we did get out there this summer for the first time in ages.

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    1. We were just saying as we walked around that it has been years since we had been at the zoo!

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