Photos: ZooLights 2010 at the Phoenix Zoo

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX --With more than 3.5 million lights and 600 animal light sculptures, ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo is the largest  display of holiday lights in Arizona and one of the biggest in the entire Southwest.

The big blue tree in the main plaza alone has 30,000 lights.

Putting together such a massive display is no small task. A full-time crew works all year long to design and build new features and repair elements for use next holiday season. It takes a four-person crew about 12 weeks to install everything. That process begins in mid-August (when it's still hot) and wraps up the first  week of November.

Every year, the ZooLights team adds new features, creating a unique experience each holiday season.

Since it began nearly 20 years ago, ZooLights has been a Valley holiday favorite not to be missed.

ZooLights runs nightly, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., through Jan. 9, 2011. The Phoenix Zoo is located at 455 N. Galvin Parkway.

"Any night" tickets are $12 for non-members and $10 for Phoenix Zoo members. Sunday through Thursday nights, those prices drop to $10 and $8. Kids 2 and younger get in free.

For ZooLights information call 602-273-1341.

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