At Brookfield Zoo just outside of Chicago, the zoo has an event called Holiday Magic where the zoo becomes filled with Christmas lights. This event is advertised as Chicago land’s largest light show with over one million lights, ice carvings, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. I went to this event with my family last December and I finally realized that all of these lights and other extra activities are a distraction from the animals themselves.
As you walk around all of these extra activities distract the guests from the actual exhibits. When I was there I remember walking past the ice carving stage where a man had a chainsaw and was making a sculpture out of a block of ice. My family and I stopped for a moment to check out what was going because how often do you get to see someone making an ice sculpture. As we stopped more and more people started crowding around the stage to see this happening. I looked around and started to get restless because we are at a zoo and I wanted to see my favorite animals, but everyone was too involved in the ice sculpture. After about a half and hour of watching we finally moved on to go see the animals.
As you move from exhibit to exhibit every walkway and open patch of grass has some sort decorative lights to capture the guests eyes. The even have a section where you can decorate a Christmas tree. While walking my cousin, who is four years old, wanted to stop and look at every light and your not going to say no to a four old in that situation. Everytime we stopped I couldn’t help but to think about all the exhibit we are missing out on. Since we went at night to see the lights we were on a time crunch for some exhibits because of their closing times. Needless to say we missed out on most of the indoor exhibits because of their closing times.
This event at the zoo is a great family experience and I highly recommend going if your ever in that area during the holiday season. It is sort of magical to see the holiday spirit fill up the zoo, but be attentive to how much time you spend looking at all of the lights and colors because it could take away from the actual zoo experience itself.