Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights!

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Turtle Back Zoo

Holiday Light Spectacular!

When December rolls around, I am always in awe of all of the Christmas lights that glow everywhere I go. I especially like going to places that have light displays. This year we tried something new. I visited Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ with my family.

We have visited the zoo many times, but never for the holiday lights. We were so surprised as we drove into the parking lot to see the zoo illuminated by thousands of beautiful lights. As we approached the entrance my family and I were greeted by Frosty the Snowman! Christmas music was everywhere. It was very welcoming and we could not wait to get inside and check out all the displays.

We were pleasantly surprised to find out that the zoo was not only a feast for the eyes, but many of the animals were there as well! We were able to view the wolves, monkeys, a cow, pig, chickens, and many more animals. We also spotted many lights that were animal shaped! My favorites were the elephants and giraffe lights. My daughter loved the peacock lights! We each had our favorite.My son liked ALL of them!

After our chilly walk was over, my children enjoyed a ride on the Merry Christmas Go Round and then we warmed up with some nice hot cocoa. Oh, yes, I almost forgot: Santa was there! What a perk! Lights, Zoo Animals, Merry Go Round, Hot Cocoa and Santa- What else could you really ask for to make the night more perfect? By the way, the admission is free. but the zoo is collecting non-perishables as donations. What a great idea!

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