Lions and tigers and bears and lights! Families will want to check out the thousands of handcrafted, silk-covered lanterns now aglow with more than 50,000 LED bulbs for the Santa Barbara Zoo’s new ZooLights installation. Featuring penguins, peacocks, lions, tigers, elephants, butterflies, birds, and more, these larger-than-life animal and wildlife scenes light up the nights from 4:30-8:30 p.m. through January 15, 2023.

Credit: Ingrid Bostrom

Illuminating not just the Zoo but the community spirit this holiday season, this Insta-friendly exhibit has multiple interactive areas perfect for fun and photo ops. Select dates will also include photos with Santa.

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