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Utah’s Hogle Zoo is all lit up for the holiday season

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

A wonderland of lights greets guests at Utah’s Hogle Zoo during the opening night of ZooLights in Salt Lake City on Friday. The event features more than 200 lighted animal and holiday-themed displays throughout the zoo’s grounds, including 10 life-size animal-shaped lanterns made specifically for ZooLights. Santa will be visiting nightly through Dec. 23 from a safely distant chair that will still make for memorable photos. Masks are required, and indoor spaces will be closed. Thanks to a grant funded by the Utah Legislature through the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, this year’s ZooLights is free to the public, though all the tickets have been snapped up. However, zoo officials said if they notice people reserve tickets but are not attending, they will be able to open more slots. To check for availability, log on to hoglezoo.org.