Daytrippers: Zoolights is a bright and brisk holiday tradition

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STONEHAM, Mass. - Looking for a unique holiday outing? Head to the Stone Zoo, not far outside Boston, for a festive stroll that's wildly beautiful.

photo"Zoolights is the place to come, step back, de-stress and get into the holiday spirit," says Cynthia Mead, the zoo's executive vice president of external affairs. "You get to walk through our pathways, decorated with over 200 thousand lights. It’s just a really nice outdoor activity for families."

Visitors see animals illuminated in a soft evening glow. Areas housing the bald eagle, arctic foxes and a fabulous lynx family are popular stops along the way. Folks can also see a real-life reindeer. "We have Holly here. They can come right up, get a picture of it. We have staff who can take pictures so we get good family photos," says Pete Costello, the assistant curator.Lynx

But the biggest draw is a visit with good old St. Nick, himself! "I like to see Santa Clause and all the lights," says 10-year-old Harrison Zammuto of Medford, Massachusetts.

"To say it's magical is probably pretty true," says Mead of Zoolights. "It's a wonderful time to connect with family and make memories for the upcoming New Year."

foxZoolights is open until Jan. 4, 2015 in the evenings from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., but Dec. 23 is the last opportunity to see Santa Claus. Connecticut visitors will receive $3.00 off the regular $7.00 admission with a valid driver's license.

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