In honor of families and the holiday season, the Chattanooga Zoo will be granting free admission to all children ages 12 and under at this weekend’s Holiday Lights. In addition, the Zoo will be accepting donations for the Newtown Memorial Fund (www.newtownmemorialfund.org) to be used towards assisting the many grieving families affected by Friday’s tragedy.
“Holidays should be a time of cheer and celebrating family,” says Zoo Executive Director, Dardenelle Long. “Our Zoo would be worthless without the many children and parents who visit us regularly both for education and recreation. While we cannot take back the horrific actions of Friday, we feel that we can at least provide opportunities for families to be together and enjoy what’s left of the holiday season.”
Attending families can see the entire Zoo lit up with festive lights while sipping on hot cocoa and walking through a festival of trees. Watch the animals open their many Christmas presents and get a picture taken with Santa Claus. Attendees will have the opportunity to work on a variety of holiday crafts such as popsicle ornaments and cookie decorating.
Admission is $8.95 for adults and free for children (ages 12 and under).
For more information and to purchase tickets, call 697-1319 or visit www.chattzoo.org.