Dates for National Zoo’s ZooLights display announced

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has announced the dates for the annual holiday celebration ZooLights.

ZooLights begins Nov. 24 and runs through Jan. 1, 2018, from 5 to 9 p.m. each night, except Dec. 24, 25 and 31, the zoo announced Thursday.

Now in its 11th year, ZooLights features displays made from thousands of lights, as well as nighttime opportunities to see some of the animals and a glow-in-the-dark play zone for kids.

Admission to ZooLights is free. Some attractions, such as a trackless train ride around Great Cats Circle and a 150-foot snowless tubing ride down Lion/Tiger Hill, have a $3 admission charge.

There will also be live music performances, cutting-edge art presented in a portable shipping container presented by CulturalDC and an outdoor market featuring work by local artisans (Dec. 15-17).

For more information on ZooLights, go to the zoo’s website.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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