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Holiday zoo events continue this year with COVID-19 safety precautions

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — This year both the Pueblo Zoo ElectriCritters and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Electric Safari light displays will go on despite COVID-19.

This is the 28th year for ElectriCritters, which is presented by Black Hills Energy.

Starting this weekend, zoo visitors can see thousands of lights and over a hundred imaginative designs as they walk through the winter wonderland at the Pueblo Zoo.

Pueblo Zoo Executive Director Abbie Krause said the zoo is taking every precaution to keep guests and staff safe. They are doing online timed ticketing and limited capacity to control crowd size and ensure social distancing. 

Masks are mandatory for guests, there is additional personal protective equipment for staff at entry and purchase points, and the zoo is requiring one household per group with a maximum of 10 people.

“People can’t have their normal indoor celebrations with extended family this year due to the prevalence of virus spread in small multi-household gatherings. That is difficult.” Krause said in a statement. “Our goal is to offer a safe option for individual households to get outside and enjoy some holiday magic.” 

Spaces are limited so you’ll need to book online ahead of time.

Times: ElectriCritters runs 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on event nights.

Event Dates: Select dates November 27 – December 27 (ElectriCritters will host special Member Mondays and Discount Nights on select dates.) 

Prices for Tickets: Non-Member Adult $12; Non-Member Child $10; Member Adult $10; Member Child $8; Children under 3 years old are free (but need a ticket for timed capacity).

Full Details: Check https://www.pueblozoo.org/electricritters for more information!

Starting next Friday, December 4, you can go on an Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. There are more than 85 one-of-a-kind light sculptures to check out while celebrating the season with the zoo animals.

Santa Claus himself will be listening to wishes December 4-6 and 11-23. 

Advance timed tickets are required for both members and non-members. Zoo member tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. 

The zoo is limiting capacity for the event and times and nights may sell out. Most indoor areas will be closed because of new COVID-19 restrictions. 

Everyone visiting the Zoo must have their own advance e-ticket, including children age 2 and under. 

COVID-19 precautions will be in place for this event, and additional details can be found at cmzoo.org/electricsafari.

Times: Electric Safari runs 5:20 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on event nights. There is a Member Early Entry Hour with advance timed ticket 4:20 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

Event Dates: December 4-6, 11-23, 25-January 1, 2021 (Electric Safari is NOT open on Christmas Eve, December 24.)

Prices for Tickets: Non-Member Adult $14.75; Non-Member Child $10.75; Military Adult $11.75; Military Child $7.75; Children under 2 years old 75¢; Senior (age 65+) $12.75; Members attend for free.

Full Details: Go to https://www.cmzoo.org/events-programs/special-events/electric-safari/ for more information!

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Willis Scott

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