We live near the Smithsonian National Zoo and are frequent visitors. One of my favorite annual events is Zoo Lights, which unlike many of the Zoo’s other after hours events, is free to the public. Every year, from the day after Thanksgiving until New Years, the Zoo stays open late for visitors, puts on an extensive holiday light display, and leaves several of the animal houses open late.
They have hot chocolate, a tube slide, a gingerbread house contest, a dancing panda, and performances by choirs and other musical groups. A few nights ago, I ventured over with a small group after work to check out this year’s display. It’s a great place to visit with kids, but we always have a lot of fun with our friends.