Wild Nights and Holiday Lights Begins Friday

The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary hosts its seventh annual family holiday event from 5 to 8 p.m. on December 2, 3, 9, 10 and 16 through 23. The Zoo Sanctuary is transformed into a winter wonderland featuring thousands of colorful lights, decorated and themed trees and festive scenery. Santa will be in attendance each night to listen to holiday wishes and pose for photos. Carolers and musicians add to the merry atmosphere, and the miniature-scale live steam Starlight Express train will operate for special nighttime rides ($4 per person). Zookeepers provide special treats and enrichment toys for some of the animals during the event, and volunteer docents will be on hand to share fun animal stories and answer questions. Tickets are $5 per person (ages under 2 years are free); purchase tickets in advance and enjoy early admission at 4:45 p.m.