Get ready to see some gorgeous light displays!

Earlier this week, Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines made a big announcement. Their annual Wild Lights Festival presented by MidAmerican Energy will be returning next month! The event will feature "over 50 handcrafted, larger-than-life, illuminated animal shaped Asian lanterns created by artisans with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc," including underwater animals, giant insects, mythical creatures, and endangered animals.

The 2023 Wild Lights Festival will run Wednesdays through Sundays from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. beginning on April 1st. The final day will be Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day). The zoo recommends allowing for 60 to 90 minutes to enjoy all the displays, with the best time to visit beginning at sunset.

Tickets for Blank Park Zoo's Wild Lights Festival will range from $23 to $25, but you can get them for a discount TODAY ONLY (Wednesday, March 8th). Today is their one-day-sale, which means tickets are only $15 if you choose a specific date, or $20 for an any-date ticket. You can purchase them online HERE. All ages two and up must have a ticket to get in. There is also a discount on tickets for large groups of 40 or more.

The Wild Lights Festival happens rain or shine, so you may need to break out your boots and umbrellas! There are no refunds or exchanges once your ticket is purchased. For more information on the Wild Lights Festival, you can check out Blank Park Zoo's official website HERE.

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