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Bearizona kicks off Wild Wonderland with synchronized music and lights

The front entrance to Bearizona is lit up for the holidays. Photo/Bearizona

The front entrance to Bearizona is lit up for the holidays. Photo/Bearizona

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Visitors to Williams can experience a new holiday event this Christmas season at Bearizona's Wild Wonderland.

Visitors can enter the park after normal operating hours and stroll among beautifully lit pine trees that are synchronized to traditional Christmas music. Guests can view the animals, drink cocoa and listen to a story with Mrs. Claus.

"We're really excited to kick off Wild Wonderland," said Operations Manager Jocelyn Monteverde. "Its our version of zoo lights."

Monteverde said Bearizona hired an expert to come to the park and synchronize a portion of the forest loop with lights and music. As visitors walk through the park, the lights will dance with the music.

"Its really neat," she said. "Its similar to what some zoos do at Christmas."

Visitors to the park can warm up in the new gift shop. Warm drinks and cookies will be available while the children attend story time.

Many of Bearizona's program animals will be available for viewing in an open house format. People are welcome to tour the park and see the program animals in the gift shop.

Wild Wonderland is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights beginning Nov. 29 through Dec. 13. Beginning Dec. 14, the event will run nightly through Dec. 28, but is closed on Christmas eve and Christmas day.

"We're open year round and the animals look great in the winter against the white snow," Monteverde said. "And we're supposed to get a lot of it."

Monteverde said most of the animals would be available for viewing all winter.

"People always wonder about the bears," Monteverde said. "But not all of our bears hibernate, the younger bears don't hibernate like the older bears. So you'll still see bears all winter."

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