Friday, December 3, 2010

Winter Wonderlights

One of our holiday family traditions is an evening spent at Winter Wonderlights at the Wildlife Experience.  It's one of the those beautiful walk-through-the-Christmas-lights kinds of displays... It's not as big as some we've been to (like the Denver Zoo) but it's in our town, and we do it every year, and it's an important part of our Christmas celebration.

Most years it's been just bitter cold during Wildlights and by the time we've wandered through the lights and get back inside (where they show the original "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" on the big IMAX screen!) we are frozen and can no longer feel our fingers or toes.

But this year the weather was perfect... not too cold, but cold enough to feel like winter (and cold enough to really enjoy the hot chocolate we bought!), with clear skies.

A little snow would have been nice, I suppose... but I'd rather have it dry and be able to feel my toes, than try to enjoy a picturesque snow with numb feet and fingers.

You can see the lights of the display from the road into town...

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Winter wonderlights...



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We bought some of those prism glasses when we got our tickets... They make each point of light you look at, look like a particular picture. R's glasses were snowmen glasses, and when she wore them each bunch of lights looked like dozens of tiny snowmen.



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It was really cool to watch the car headlights on the road with them on... It looked like a whole army of little snowmen racing up the street! :)  (No, it doesn't take much to amuse us...)



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There are many life-size bronze statues around the Wildlife Experience building... This is my favorite.



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We got to see a few real animals too... like this caribou. There was still some velvet left on his antlers and M got to reach through the fencing and touch it. The caribou jerked away as soon as M touched him, but M was satisfied... He said he'd always wondered what the velvet on antlers felt like.




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More lights....



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... then inside for the movie.

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While we were in the museum we checked out the current art exhibit of student artists, and found a painting done by someone we know!   It's beautiful Grace...

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After going through the lights one last time it was time to go.

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We sang Christmas carols the whole way home... It turned out to be one of those evenings I'd like to bottle up the memory of to keep forever.

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