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Wild Wonderland returning to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

by Banks Lee

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is transforming into a world of holiday magic for Wild Wonderland on select nights, starting today.

On Dec. 7, 13-15, 17-23 and 26-30, more than a million twinkling lights will illuminate the night, and the forecast calls for 100 percent chance of snowfall with “Florida flurries.” New this year, stroll the Treats & Treasures Hometown Village, a holiday fantasy village featuring a festive array of shops with animated storefront windows, tasty treats and gifts.

Heralding in the holiday season, a new Merry Music Tree of Lights overlooks the Village, presenting a light show choreographed to joyful holiday tunes. Another “cool” addition to the seasonal celebration is a magical new Frozen Forest, a white crystal light experience. Enter through an icicle light tunnel with twinkling trees and thousands of white lights, faux snow and ice and LED light animals.

Don’t miss Santa’s reindeer, who have traveled South just for this event. Their best-dressed friends, the penguins, will also stay up late, and African animals will be on exhibit under the starry night sky in Safari Spectacular. Families can join in some Reindeer Games, chill out on the Arctic Blast Ice Slide and watch little elves jump for joy on new inflatables.

As always, guests will find decorations and lights throughout the Zoo’s pathways, including the Enchanted Castle Light Show. More merriment awaits with returning family favorites like visits with Santa, free Zoo rides, Frosty & friends walk-around characters, decadent treats from the Zoo’s own Sweet Shoppe, Christmas cookie decorating, festive music and wild gifts at the holiday shop.

Admission for Wild Wonderland is $14 for adults (ages 12 and over), $11 for children (ages 3-11), and free for ages 2 and under. Annual Zoo Pass holders receive discounts and parking is free. Tickets may be purchased on the Wild Wonderland web site, at the front gate during business hours, or on the night of the event.

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