It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas which means planning visits to your best hometown light displays! Whether you plan to visit organized Christmas light displays that charge a fee or you just pile the family in the car and ride through your neighborhoods to ooh and aw, it’s a fun family thing to do! I would like to offer information here on our favorite hometown light display! Hollywild Animal Park in Inman, SC is not just a magnificent holiday light display; it is a zoo where you can visit with the animals while you are there and enjoy many other activities.
Hollywild Animal Park, originally called M&M Zoo opened to the public in 1970 and has provided educational and fun experiences for our community ever since. Several of the animals who live there have been made famous by being on television and movies. The animal park covers 100 acres and is home to over 500 animals.
2010 Hollywild Animal Park “Holiday Lights Safari” opened for the holidays on Saturday, Nov. 20th, 2010.
The “Holiday Lights Safari” has become an annual tradition for individuals and families throughout the area.
When: The drive through light display will be open nightly (including holidays) from Nov. 20, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011.
General admission: $6.00 per person with no per-car rates (discount tickets can be purchased for $5 per person by calling 864-472-2038 to pre-order or by paying and picking them up at the park in advance. Snacks, photos and other activities have an additional cost.
When: 6-9 pm nightly
What can you expect to see during your visit to “Hollywild Lights Safari?”
I have been there several times and you will see literally millions of lights in the form of lighted shapes, decorated trees and pathways, etc. You can drive through a magical forest where you drive gently and slowly as herds of deer and other animals will actually come to your car where you can feed them snacks purchased at the zoo. Stop your car, roll down the windows and the kids (and you) will squeal with laughter as you find them all flocking to you to lovingly eat right from your hands. The animals seem to enjoy their guests as much as the guests. There is also a “walk” where you can park and walk around to visit with the animals. There will also be bonfires to warm your hands, snacks and cocoa to eat and sip on, and you can have also have your photo taken with Santa! Oh yeah, you can take a pony ride through a beautiful lighted forest. You will definitely not be bored at Hollywild Animal Park.
Tips to make your visit more comfortable and memorable
Dress casual and wear comfortable shoes in case you decide to park and walk. Take coats and blankets with you in the car. The weather is unpredictable so make sure you are prepared in case it gets really cold. Finally, don’t forget your camera to capture memorable photos of your kids, the animals, and the lights!
Make your plans now to pay the zoo a visit and start your own family tradition. People have visited the park that lives as far away as Alaska and Canada!
For directions, photos from the 2009 light display, and much more information on the history of the zoo, click here!
No matter where your family goes to see the twinkling Christmas lights in your area, I wish you lots of fun and laughter!