Sneak peek of Philadelphia Zoo's LumiNature winter light show ahead of Friday opening

Thursday, November 16, 2023
6abc gets a sneak peek at the Philadelphia Zoo's LumiNature winter lights show
Get into the holiday spirit at Philadelphia Zoo's LumiNature light show

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The holiday spirit is shining through the Philadelphia Zoo as the spectacular winter light show experience "LumiNature" prepares to open on Friday.

6abc got a sneak preview of what you can expect this year.

"We get very excited this time of year to bring this to everyone around Philadelphia. It's very unique," said Amy Shearer, with the Philadelphia Zoo.

Get into the holiday spirit at Philadelphia Zoo's LumiNature light show

It features dazzling displays of lights and more, including giant jellyfish floating in the branches and a 40-foot penguin with 40,000 lights.

"We love to add new things but also bring back some favorites, like our iconic flamingo tree," said Maria Bryant, with the Philadelphia Zoo. "We have 1,500 pink lawn ornament flamingos that make up this tree that's 25 feet tall."

"We are in a 100 foot tunnel made of 4,000 lights and as you walk through it, all kinds of designs are coming at you," Shearer said.

There will also be performers. From birds to bubble magic, to a dancing chameleon, these performers love to interact with their audience.

"So you should expect to see all sorts of amazing performers. We have eight different kinds of performers that we'll be experiencing throughout LumiNature," said Dani Hogan, with the Philadelphia Zoo.

LumiNature's Flutter Flair, you can experience over 40,000 butterflies.

The event runs 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Nov. 17, 2023 through Jan. 6, 2024.

You can buy your tickets in advance online at the Philadelphia Zoo website.