Every year the Cincinnati Zoo does their Festival of Lights -- it is beautiful. Literally thousands of lights and holiday items decorate the zoo. We decided to go on the night before Thanksgiving -- good weather, members-only specials, and a reason to get out of the house!
The boys particularly loved the rhino nutcracker at the entrance.
We also got to see Santa light up the Christmas tree we had been stalking for the past month during our daytime visits to the zoo!
We got to meet "Hoots" the Great-Horned Owl. The boys were all ready with their "two fingers" to touch the owl like we do in zoo class, but there was no touching allowed this night.
Noel loved seeing the penguin and the walrus characters, while Hayden and Tanner were not as thrilled to meet them.
Of course, having a gingerbread man cookie made it seem much less cold and dark out!