The 22nd annual Wildlights Festival begins on Friday night at the B.C. Wildlife Park and will continue through Jan. 5, with Christmas Day the only day the park is closed.
The nightly festival, which features more than 650,000 lights, takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and includes an array of entertainment: the $1-per-ride Wildlife Express Miniature Train, Uncle Chris the Clown, 12 Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt contest, Giving Tree ornaments, animal encounters, Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, Tunnel of Lights, Home Hardware Family Farm, Holiday Maze, photos with Santa and more.
Wildlights is a crucial revenue-generator for the park in Dallas that helps to raise money to carry operations in the slower season and into the new year.
The bright displays take about two months to assemble and about five weeks to dismantle.
Annual pass holders receive 50 per cent off the price of admission, which this year is $12.45 per adult, $10.45 per senior, $8.45 per child (ages three to 17) and free for those ages two and under.
Family rates are $37 (two adults and two kids), $45 (two adults and three kids) and $52 (two adults and four kids). Those admission prices do not include taxes.
For a complete schedule of events, go online to bcwildlife.org.