Annual ‘Gift of Lights’ event kicks off Friday at Potawatomi Zoo

Published: Nov. 25, 2022 at 11:14 PM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Potawatomi Zoo is celebrating the holidays with its annual Gift of Lights event!

“We have more lights this year than we’ve ever had before. The zoo looks absolutely beautiful,” said Lindy Dreher, special events manager with Potawatomi Zoo.

On Friday, hundreds of people attended the kickoff celebration.

“People love our zoo. It’s just growing leaps and bounds,” Dreher said.

Gift of Lights will take place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 18. It’s a family-friendly event with a lot to do.

“We have some great food vendors. We have our café open...We have Santa and Mrs. Claus here in our little area back in the Yurt where we have Santa’s little village. Some of the animals are out. They don’t always love this weather, but the red pandas will be out because they love the cold,” Dreher said.

Regular admission is $11 for adults ages 15 and up and $6 for children 3-14.

“You can see the animals! You know, it’s a great date night! You can bring your girlfriend or boyfriend and walk around, have a little glass of wine or sangria and see the lights. You can go see Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It’s great for the kids. It’s just really for all ages. It’s just a really really great event,” Dreher said.

Potawatomi Zoo is expecting thousands of people to attend this year’s event. Staff members say they “out did themselves” this year.