Lehigh Valley Zoo – Winter Light Spectacular – Schnecksville, PA

Sponsored post – Discover Lehigh Valley hosted us at the Lehigh Valley Zoo.  All opinions are my own.

For almost two months at the end of the year, the Lehigh Valley Zoo transforms into a Winter Wonderland with over 1.1 million twinkling lights.  The Zoo is located in the Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, but is in the Lehigh Valley Region which is home to Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and many other small towns.  There are plenty of fun attractions in the area, including the Zoo.

This new holiday lights tradition is in its fifth season and is a fundraiser for the Zoo, who is a leader in animal conservation in the area.  Starting November 9th and running through December 30th, the Zoo opens at 5:30 pm most nights (with some special early 5 pm openings on Friday and Saturday nights).  

Lehigh Valley Zoo Lights

The lights are a walk thru attraction, using the Zoo’s wide, paved paths, which make it very stroller-friendly.  Upon entering, the path to the right will lead to the Professional Singing Princess show, which was Frozen-themed on the night we visited.  Olaf was dancing around on stage.  Check the Zoo’s website for the schedule of performers.  

Walking the paths, we enjoyed many different themed areas.  There are several light tunnels, mostly at the back of the park.  The one with twinkling lights was very pretty, probably one of the nicest tunnels I have seen this season.  There was also a wall of lights that made for a great photo opportunity.

Food Options at Lehigh Valley Zoo Winter Spectacular

Spread nicely throughout the path ways are food stands offering the staples of a winter outing.  S’more kits, hot chocolate, popcorn, and many other snacks are available to enjoy while looking at the lights.  Fire pits are nearby the food stands, which also serve as a warming station for visitors who get a bit chilly.  

In addition to the pits, warmers are stationed throughout the Zoo.  There’s a small indoor area with wall-unit heaters where kids can make crafts, like ornaments, for an additional fee.  There’s also access to a playground, if the kids need to release some energy.

Photo Opportunities at the Lehigh Valley Zoo Winter Light Spectacular

Our favorite part of the Zoo is the photo opportunity at the back of the park.  There is a giant chair that is just sparkling with lights that was fun for kids and adults to sit on for photos.  Other photo opportunities are scattered throughout the Zoo including Santa inside the Zoo main office until 9 PM each night.  There are also some costumed characters wondering around the Zoo, on the night we visited we saw Mr. Potato Head and Buzz Lightyear.

Keep in mind that most of the Zoo animals are offsite for the winter, but there are live reindeer and you may spot a few select nocturnal animals.

Sponsored post – Discover Lehigh Valley hosted us at the Lehigh Valley Zoo.  All opinions are my own.

Tips for Visiting Lehigh Valley Zoo Winter Light Spectacular

  • Purchase tickets in advance online and skip the purchase line when you get to the Zoo.
  • We found the food stand lines much shorter at the back of the Zoo.
  • Admission on Wednesday & Thursday nights is less expensive than the weekend.  Lehigh Valley Zoo Members get a substantial discount on admission.

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