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Winter Light Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo

Strolling Through the Festive Winter Light Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo

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Winter isn’t normally a popular time to visit zoos, but the holiday season is the perfect time to head to the Lehigh Valley Zoo near Allentown. From early November through the end of December, the zoo is home to the Christmas Light Spectacular.

First opened in 2014, the Winter Light Spectacular fills the Lehigh Valley Zoo with more than a million twinkling Christmas lights. Displays are set up throughout the zoo with the main path following a half-mile loop through the zoo’s grounds.

Winter Light Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo

Lights twinkle at the Lehigh Valley Zoo

Along the way, a variety of holiday scenes are set up for visitors to enjoy. One of my favorites was Whoville from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” In fact you might even see the Grinch around the town.

Another great area is the main stage which features nightly performances by either Elsa from “Frozen” or Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” Shows are offered twice each night and feature various songs from the movies.

The Grinch at Winter Light Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo

Whoville comes to life at the Winter Light Spectacular

In addition to characters, visitors can stop by one of the bonfires to warm up or roast marshmallows (which quite frankly are absurdly expensive). There are also light tunnels to walk through, reindeer and sheep to be seen, large games like Connect 4, and even human snow globes!

Food and drink at the Winter Light Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo

Food stalls offer treats and warm drinks.

While the zoo’s animals are not on display during the Winter Light Spectacular, this event is still a great chance to visit this corner of the Lehigh Valley and experience the beauty of the holiday season.

Kids of all ages will be able to appreciate the beauty here, but I’d say that this is more of a family attraction than a date night activity. Nevertheless, if you want to enjoy the holidays in the Lehigh Valley, the Winter Light Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo is a great choice.

Lights at the Winter Light Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo

Walking through a canopy of lights.

Looking for other holiday activities in the Lehigh Valley? Check out my top picks for ways to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, PA.

Note: My visit to the Winter Light Spectacular was hosted by the Lehigh Valley Zoo. However, the opinions expressed are my own.


Winter Light Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 5:30p-10p
Open 11/9/18-12/30/17

Cost:Adults: $11, Children: $6
Prices $3 higher Friday-Sunday

Website: LVZoo.org

Address: 5150 Game Preserve Rd
Schnecksville, PA 18078

 

See map for other area attractions.


The Winter Light Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Pennsylvania

AUTHOR - Jim Cheney

Jim Cheney is the creator of UncoveringPA.com. Based in the state capital of Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited, written about, and photographed all 67 counties in the state. He has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.

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