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The Lookout | September 28, 2021

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‘Wonderland of Lights’ sure to delight

‘Wonderland of Lights’ sure to delight
  • On November 25, 2020

By Chloe Gregg
Staff Writer

For over 25 years, Potter Park Zoo has illuminated itself in a joyous and magical holiday celebration for Lansing residents and others to enjoy. This year in particular, everyone seems to need a little bit more joy, and Potter Park Zoo will not disappoint.

“This weekend, the schedule’s a little off,” said Potter Park Zoo’s Media and Communications Manager Kaiti Chritz. “There is no Wonderland of Lights Thursday for Thanksgiving, but it will continue Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this weekend.”

Wonderland of Lights opens at the Potter Park Zoo this Friday, Nov. 27 and will run through Dec. 27.

After this weekend, Wonderland of Lights will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 5 to 8 p.m. until Sunday, Dec. 27.

Chritz said the zoo is following all COVID rules and regulations and that zoo visitors are now required to wear their masks at all times.

According to the zoo’s website, “Signs and paw prints have been placed throughout the zoo to guide guests in proper social distance. Please be patient at viewing areas and, if all marked spaces are occupied, wait until a household exits the viewing area to take their place.”

Chritz said the zoo offers online arrival time reservations that it encourages people to use for Wonderland of Lights, and for visiting the zoo in general. This helps to space out visitors’ arrival to ensure a socially-distanced visit.

“Typically at Wonderland of Lights, we have some crafts, cookie decorating, and Santa’s usually in his workshop,” Chritz said. “This year guests can take home (a goodie bag) as they’re exiting the zoo. Unfortunately, Santa is not in his workshop this year.

“This is an event where people can get outside, and feel comfortable and safe, and enjoy the lights in the zoo.”

Tickets for Wonderland of Lights are $9 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3 to 12, and free for those under 12. Seniors 60 and over, and military veterans, get in for $5. For more information, go to