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CT's Beardsley Zoo to Transform into Winter Wonderland for Holidays

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will transform into a Winter Wonderland from November 28, 2020 through January 6, 2021, offering guests yet another opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature in a safe, outdoor setting. The Winter Wonderland Walk includes ten festive vignettes, from Fairy House Lane and a very special train display, Imagination Station, to custom artist and children-designed snowmen, a Hanukkah Plaza, and Kris Kringle Corner. 

The Winter Wonderland Walk will be open seven days a week from 9-4, beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Admission is $15 for adults, and $10 for children 3-11 and seniors over 62. Children under three are free.

The ten seasonal vignettes to be explored are:

·      Polar Palace: Sensory Garden Gazebo

·      Fairy House Lane and Imagination Station: South side of Victorian Greenhouse

·      Poinsettia Pass: North side of Victorian Greenhouse

·      Winter Village Square: Greenhouse lawn

·      Snowman Park: near the W.O.L.F.  Cabin

·      Nutcracker Place: Peacock Pavilion at the picnic grove

·      Dreidel Drive: at Frog Plaza in front of the Rainforest Building

·      Gingerbread Boulevard: at the fountain

·      Kris Kringle Corner: at the Education Amphitheater

·      Evergreen Lane: in the Farmyard

The Zoo is committed to maintaining a safe space for families, so Covid-19 rules remain in effect. Masks are to be worn by all guests, except for those ages two and under. Social distancing must be observed, with six-foot distancing between family groups. Tickets can be purchased online at beardsleyzoo.org

The Zoo thanks the following sponsors: Title Sponsor-The Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation; Winter Sponsors-The Electricians at IBEW Local Union 488; Fairfield County's Community Foundation; Global Scenic Services; Bob and Helen Natt; Snow Day Sponsors- SCG/UI Part of the AVANGRID Family; ;Berkowitz, Trager & Trager; Thomas D. Lenci Jr., CLU, ChFC; Liberty Bank; Nuzzo Electrical Contractors, Inc.; People’s United Bank

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 98th year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tiger and leopards, maned wolves, and Mexican grey wolves and red wolves. Other highlights include our new Spider Monkey Habitat, the prairie dog exhibit, and the Pampas Plain with Giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. Guests can grab a bite from the Peacock Café and eat in the Picnic Grove. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a non-profit organization approaching its 100th year at a time when the mission of helping fragile wildlife populations and eco-systems is more important than ever. 

The Zoo reopened on June 1. Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org. Face masks are required for everyone over the age of two, with the exception of those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them. 

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