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How ZooLights Is Doing Social Distancing

Lincoln Park Zoo is plugging within the psychedelic gentle shows once more this vacation season, pandemic and all. Right here’s the way it’s restructuring the annual favourite.

Illustration by Jake Giddens
Illustration: Jake Giddens

Oh God, the Crowds

If you hear “ZooLights,” you may visualize Lolla-sized hordes making an attempt to seize Instagram-worthy Boomerangs of sweet cane lights. If that sounds terrifying in COVID occasions, fear not! ZooLights will function at most 25 p.c capability, per state pointers. Due to that, this yr it runs 41 nights between November 21 to January 3, as a substitute of the standard 28.

Tickets? (Yep, Tickets)

Given, you realize, every thing this yr, the zoo is charging admission to the historically free and unticketed occasion. The timed tickets are $5 per individual, together with infants — which, OK. However zoo members get in free on opening night time and December 1, and so can most people on November 24 and December 9, 17, 21, and 29. Tickets for these 5 dates are nonetheless required, although (obtainable at lpzoo.org beginning at four p.m. the Sunday prior).

Time slots run each half hour from four to 9 p.m. Whereas there’s no restrict to how lengthy you may keep, the occasion’s organizers say visits normally final about 90 minutes. So for those who’re crowd-phobic, nab an earlier slot to attenuate overlap.

The COVID Guidelines

Masks: required. Social distancing pointers: maintained. Merry recollections crammed with whimsy, scorching cocoa, and maybe a splash of festive romance: to be made.

Grown-up Enjoyable

Holidaze, the open-container-friendly model of ZooLights (BoozeLights?), is all the time a scorching ticket. And with the restricted capability, it’s already offered out. Identical goes for the IRL Charlie Brown Christmas jazz live performance at Café Brauer — however in predictable 2020 style, that present is being streamed on-line. Digital admission is $15. Hey, not less than at dwelling you may stand up and dance like one of many Peanuts characters as a lot as you rattling nicely please.

Pictures (From Afar) With Santa

Should you’d like a memento that adequately captures this deeply weird second in historical past, may we propose a socially distanced image with Santa? This yr, he’ll stay in a “quaint sales space” on the Lionel Practice Journey (a locomotive experience for the under-10 set), safely cloistered 10 toes from the general public. As an alternative of sitting on a stranger’s lap and having him whisper of their ear (are you able to think about?), children can shout their Christmas needs at St. Nick from three yards away. And, sure, he’ll be sporting a masks; per the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, folks with bellies that shake like bowls filled with jelly are at larger danger from the virus.


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