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Post Christmas at the Zoo

If you are in Chicago and still have not seen the lights at Lincoln Park Zoo, it is quite a sight for any family or couple. The trees are beautifully done with every branch wrapped in glittering lights (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Glittering trees

You can even romantically walk under an arch of them (Figure 2) on your way to see more lights.

Figure 2. Arch of trees

Mr. and Mrs. Gingerbread  (Figure 3) will welcome you to the lion house where the lions try to sleep while people gawk.

Figure 3. Mr. and Mrs. Gingerbread

Even if it’s not snowing, there are red hot snowflakes floating on the ground (Figure 4).

Figure 4. Snowflakes

Even some of the animals come out to play, including the rainbow zebras (Figure 5) and the overly excited-looking crabs (Figure 6).

Figure 5. Rainbow zebras

Figure 6. Overly excited crabs

Little girls seem to love the princess who is placing ornaments on the Christmas tree (Figure 7).

Figure 7. Princess placing ornaments on tree

Thank goodness the princess is far away from the eyeless dragon that tries to set snow on fire (Figure 8).

Figure 8. Dragon spitting fire into snow

And even though the Lincoln Park Zoo says that “Santa heads back to the North Pole after December 23”, he is definitely back with two of his reindeer (Figure 9).

Figure 9. Santa

And the best part that everyone crowds around is the Christmas tree light and music show where the twinkling colors seem to be dancing to an assortment of Christmas songs (Figure 10).


P1030187 Christmas tree

The lights are now on every night from 5-9 pm until January 6th so go check it out!


  1. The main entrance is the only entrance; so don’t try to go in the other ways!
  2. Some of the live animals are out and about, but if you are there to actually see them in action, you are better off going during the day when there aren’t giant crowds.
  3. There is a snow leopard in an outdoor cage that no one seems to notice since it’s not lighted up – so keep an eye out!


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