Ticket holders should check their emails for details. The Houston Zoo said they will update their plans for reopening soon.
Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. Out of an abundance of caution given current trends and projections with the Covid-19 pandemic, Henry Vila's Zoo has decided it is safest to forego further nights of Taillights this holiday season.
This decision, while difficult, was made in consultation with Public Health Madison/Dane County, and we feel is the right one for our staff, the animals we all adore, and the community we are so grateful to call home. Taillights is both a fun, family oriented holiday tradition and a critical fundraiser for the Henry Vila's Zoo and the animals we care for.
The Smithsonian National Zoo will still celebrate its beloved Taillights, but the event is going to look a lot different this year because of the pandemic. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo will still celebrate its beloved Taillights, but the event is going to look a lot different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unfortunately, no … but Panda Claws will be riding on the Taillights Express! The Taillights Express will be playing festive music during its routes.
The Smithsonian said the Taillights Express is “holiday magic on the move,” so waving from your home or yard is the way to go. TOP’s Mike Murillo contributed to this report.
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As of Thursday, Essex County led the state in cumulative COVID-19 cases and deaths linked to the disease. This year, the only holiday-themed light display will be located at the entrance to the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo complex on Northfield Avenue.
In past years, visitors to the holiday lights spectacular were asked to bring non-perishable food items to Turtle Back Zoo, which were donated to the Community Football of New Jersey. Instead, officials encouraged residents to “think about the less fortunate” and make donations to their local food pantry or the Community Football of New Jersey.
“However, with the number of positive cases growing and a new wave of the virus upon us, we decided it was not in the best interest of public health to hold this year's extravaganza.” “We understand residents may be feeling fatigued by the pandemic, but we must continue to wear masks, practice social distancing, get tested regularly and wash our hands,” Vincenzo said.
For upcoming locations, visit www.EssexCountyNJ.org and click on the “Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Give Away” link. The Henry Vila's Zoo promises the best and brightest Taillights ever and, judging from just the displays that can be seen from the parking lot, they ain’t lying.
Safety precautions are also in place: Visitors are directed along a one-way path throughout the zoo. There is no requirement to register, but the zoo encourages it so that staff can anticipate how many plan to attend on a given night.
UPDATE: Out of an abundance of caution given current trends and projections with the Covid-19 pandemic, Henry Vila's Zoo has decided it is safest to forego further nights of Taillights this holiday season. This decision, while difficult, was made in consultation with Public Health Madison/Dane County, and we feel is the right one for our staff, the animals we all adore, and the community we are so grateful to call home.
Like you, we look forward to a day when we can safety gather once again and enjoy all that comes with living in this community. Taillights is both a fun, family oriented holiday tradition and a critical fundraiser for the Henry Vila's Zoo and the animals we care for.
Just like people, goats have personalities, and our herd has loads of character (and special festive holiday costumes that they will wear just for you). Meet Button, Buckle, Sugar and Spice among others as you spend some quality time giving them a good grooming.
(Based on state health guidelines and limited space behind the scenes, we are not able to accommodate members of separate households on a tour.) Book here Zoo lights Tips Our tips for your best Zoo lights visit Buy tickets online This year, everyone gets a timed online ticket.
Dine at Zoo lights Our Plaza Café and outside stands will be open for food to-go with yummy soups, pizza, burgers, snacks and drinks. In extreme weather, check our homepage for updated information.
We’ve got you covered, from animal experiences to tiger pushes, gift memberships and so much more. The fun and safe tradition is adding some holiday cheer to a tough year.
It’s the first zoo in the country to have a light display, and now we are in the running for the best light display in the country,” said Judy Palermo, director of public relations at the zoo. We love the zoo and the lights are beautiful,” said visitor Natalie Walls, who brought her family.
All guests are required to buy tickets in advance to help manage the crowds and help with social distancing. This year, Santa will be sitting behind his desk in his study, but you can still take a photo with him and share your Christmas list.
Also, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen will have cookie decorating kits this year. On Saturdays, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir will perform holiday carols.