This year, one of my favorite Chicago holiday activities was going to Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo with my mom, dad and grandmas.
Holiday Magic is basically the normal zoo, but with… holiday magic! Everything is decorated with lights, and there’s a big, beautiful Christmas tree right when you walk in.
We were wondering why people were getting so close to the tree…
When we read the brochure and realized that it was a talking tree!
But no matter how hard we tried…
…the tree was a bit shy, and wouldn’t say hello.
The Holiday Magic evenings also have special events, like ice carving, magic shows, cookie decorating, performances, and SANTA!
There are even carols to the animals!
I’m sure they loved it.
Especially this guy:
Although I bet the tiger would have liked it if you ignored this warning:
We arrived at the zoo at 4pm, right when Holiday Magic began. As it got darker, the lights on the trees became more and more pronounced.
Until it was fully dark and a beautiful holiday display was revealed!
Cold? Don’t worry, you can have hot chocolate (or a beer!) while you enjoy the lights.
My favorite part about Brookfield Zoo is that the exhibits are composed in a way that makes you feel as if you’re actually in an Asian Rainforest or in a Sub-Saharan desert.
And my favorite exhibit at the zoo is the Tropic World, formerly known as the monkey house!
Oh don’t mind me, I’m just strolling through the jungle!
See, isn’t it cool?!
Outside the Holiday Magic special events continued.
Like a Christmas tree dance, where the lights turned on and off and changed colors to the tunes of Christmas songs.
And a light show outside The Swamp where Santa break danced!
Before we left, we said one more goodbye to the tree. The tree was so sorry to see us go, it was speechless (I’m beginning to think the “talking tree” is just a trick the zoo is playing on its guests!).
You can find more information on Holiday Magic, and Brookfield Zoo in general, here.
And if that tree has talked to you, I’d like to hear about it!
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