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The Holidays are here and with it, festive light shows across the Tri-Counties

The Santa Barbara Zoo Lights have a wild theme!
Caroline Feraday
/
KCLU
The Santa Barbara Zoo Lights have a wild theme!

The Santa Barbara Zoo Lights take a walk on the wild side!

Two giant macaws are illuminated above our heads. They are moving and making noise…noise which visitors here to the Santa Barbara Zoo can shout through a microphone….

It’s just one of the spectacular exhibits which attract visitors after the animals have gone to bed.

"Most of the animals are in bed, of course, by 4 or 430 each day, but the zoo lives on and comes to life after dark with the zoo lights," explained Kevin Nuss from the Santa Barbara Zoo. He says the Zoo Lights are a way to see the zoo in, well, a whole new light.

Caroline Feraday
/
KCLU

"They are a little bit different. So it's an opportunity to see the zoo in a whole new way. It's just tons of different animal lanterns that you can't see any time of year - and not necessarily species that we even have at the zoo! If anything, we have a bit of an under the sea theme going on this year. So lots of fish, sharks - and a whole sort of undersea landscape that you'll notice at the hilltops," he said.

Thousands of silk covered lanterns, with more than 50,000 LED bulbs showcase animal and nature scenes from around the world. And visitors, young and old, seem captivated by the dazzling displays.

The Santa Barbara Zoo lights runs from 4.30-8.30pm until January 14.

Caroline Feraday
/
KCLU
Caroline Feraday
/
KCLU

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 7 Golden Mike Awards, 4 Los Angeles Press Club Awards and 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.