Thursday, December 26, 2019

Explore St Louis - Visit Missouri- Review of Zoo Lights

The St. Louis area has many beautiful light displays during the month of December and one of my favorites is the Zoo Lights.

St. Louis Zoo Lights Swan photo by mbgphoto

On a chilly night in mid December my friend and I spent an evening at the St. Louis Zoo enjoying the lights and taking photographs.  We had never been there before and wasn't sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised.  We spent about 1 1/2 hours out in the park enjoying the lights before we went inside to warm up with some hot chocolate.  In that time we didn't even begin to see all the beautiful lights.  The displays were wonderful and all focused around the animals in each particular area.  

Information about Zoo Lights

The Zoo Lights display is open from Thanksgiving through December 30th.  It starts at 5:30 each night and there is a nominal fee for entrance which includes free parking.  What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.  Besides enjoying the lights you can was a 3D movie of Rudolph the Reindeer, roast marshmallows over fire pits, enjoy hot chocolate and other snacks at several stands around the park and have your photo taken at several different displays.

Photographic Tour

I enjoy taking photographs and shooting the zoo lights was a real pleasure.  I found that I was able to get wonderful shots without a flash.  I hope you enjoy my photographic tour.

St. Louis Zoo Lights Christmas Ornament  photo by mbgphoto

St. Louis Zoo Lights Flowers photo by mbgphoto

St. Louis Zoo Lights Giraffe photo by mbgphoto

St. Louis Zoo Lights photo by mbgphoto

St. Louis Zoo Lights Love photo by mbgphoto

St. Louis Zoo Lights Direction Sign photo by mbgphoto

St. Louis Zoo Lights photo by mbgphoto

St. Louis Zoo Lights photo by mbgphoto

St. Louis Zoo Lights Blue Christmas tree photo by mbgphoto

Zazzle Poster from my Photos

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  1. What awesome lights, I do enjoy light shows and these photographs look amazing.

  2. What a lovely way to enjoy the beauty of the season. My favorite is that first photo of the Christmas ornament. Really pretty.

  3. I've been to the St. Louis Zoo, but not this time of year, so did not know about the Zoo Lights. Would love to see them sometime. Meanwhile, this lovely tour through your fantastic photos will give me a glimpse of what there is to see during Zoo Lights. Thanks, Mary Beth.

  4. As always, your photos are beautiful Mary Beth, and quite enticing. They make me want to plan a special trip to St. Louis next year just to see the zoo lights. It would be fun to leisurely walk through the zoo and enjoy the Christmas lights (and hot chocolate!)

  5. Mary Beth, thanks so much for this wonderful virtual tour of the festive display St. Louis Zoo Lights display! I loved being able to enjoy seeing them vicariously through your eyes.

  6. Mary Beth what beautiful pictures you have from your outing. What a great idea to make a zoo more interesting in the winter months too! I don't know if our zoo does this, but I should pass along this information and maybe, just maybe I'll get out and take pictures too! Thanks for this great idea for a family outing.

  7. Absolutely beautiful! What a terrific idea to open the zoo and feature it with lights during the winter months. So pretty and obviously made for a fun outing. Love your photos!


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