WildLights at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens will be open nightly beginning Friday, December 15 through Sunday, December 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  with last admission at 8:30 p.m. This year the popular holiday tradition, presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, is celebrating 25 years of transforming the zoo into a twinkling winter wonderland.
 
In celebration of its silver anniversary, The Living Desert has called in Santa’s reindeer and guests can see real reindeer up-close, free with paid admission. The two reindeer, Cookie, a female of eight years, and Thunder, an eight-month old male are home at The Living Desert throughout WildLights. A select number of guests can purchase a personal experience with the reindeer that includes feeding them a graham cracker and a unique photo opportunity.
 
In addition to marveling at the more than a million colorful, sparkling holiday lights, guests will encounter a herd of life-size, luminescent animal lanterns featuring zebra, giraffe and cheetahs, explore newly added pathways and stroll through the popular tunnel of lights flashing to holiday music. Animal encounters and keeper chats, camel and carousel rides, and entertainment are also offered nightly. 
 
In true WildLights tradition, the festive G-scale model trains with more than 3,300 feet of track will be decked out for the holidays. For those wanting to take a ride on a train, hop aboard the Polar Express and experience a winter wonderland with snow for just $2 per person or $5 for three people. Guests can complete their WildLights experience with a visit and photo with Santa Claus who will be making nightly appearances.
 
Delicious food and beverages will also be available for purchase. Admission to WildLights is $10 for adults, $8 for members, children and military (with ID) and children under three are free. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.livingdesert.org/event/wildlights/ or call 760-346-5694.