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WildLights At The Living Desert

47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, California 92260
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Type: Animals, Seasonal Events, and Nature & Gardens
Ages: All Ages
Cost: $

1 Review for WildLights At The Living Desert

December 05 2012
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"Holiday Cheer Under The Desert Stars"

WildLights is an event put on at The Living Desert every year during the holiday season.  My four year old daughter and I had the pleasure of experiencing magic in the desert.  With the sun down and over 750,000 lights illuminating this already magical place, WildLights at The Living Desert is an event that should not be missed.  
My daughter has always been fascinated with holiday lights, so this was a perfect outing.  Being able to walk through light displays, meet Santa, ride a camel, make a craft, listen to music, and ride an enchanted carousel all made for a night that won’t soon be forgotten.   There are several festive activities geared towards making great holiday memories with your family.


Santa was amazing.  I don’t know if they use the same Santa all nights, but if you are lucky enough to get the one we met, you will feel like you just met the real deal.  Santa was kind and patient and very engaging with all the children.  My daughter brought Santa four pictures and he took the time to look at every one of them with amazement.  

Mrs. Claus’ Crafts:

Located in the Discovery center, we were invited to do a craft.  With plenty of foam stickers, crayons, markers, and imagination, we took home a cute holiday souvenir from our night.

Enchanted Carousel:

The Living Desert Carousel was completely lit up and magical.  It was enchanting riding the carousel under the dark sky.   The cost per ticket is $2.

Camel Ride:

We made a wild holiday memory riding Zoo’s 14 year- old- very large camel named Cleopatra.  For $6 anyone over 3 years old can take a ride on the back of this magnificent creature.  She’s slow and steady so there is nothing to be scared of.  In fact it was my four year old daughter that had to convince this cautious mom to take the ride.  I’m glad I did, it’s been a fun story to tell.

Train Display:

We had fun searching The Living Deserts elaborate train display.  It feels like it goes on forever.  With town after town and scene after scene looking at all the intricate details was even more fun with it all lit up at night.

Animal Encounters:

While most of the park is off-limits and most of the animals not visible, they do have a few of their smaller animals set up for you to come and pet and learn about.  While we were there they had a rat, tortoise, and an armadillo.  My daughter was thrilled to be able to touch these small sweet creatures that we often only read about.  

Bottom Line:

WildLights at The Living Desert is an amazing way to get you into the holiday spirit.  With the evening centered around bringing people together and creating holiday cheer my daughter and I made some magical memories under the desert stars.


My family received a complimentary visit to The Living Zoo to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own and I was not told to express a particular point of view.

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