Over 800 residents fill David Traylor Zoo for Happy Holidaze Featured

Over 20,000 feet of lights will continue to illuminate the David Traylor Zoo through New Year's Eve.  Over 20,000 feet of lights will continue to illuminate the David Traylor Zoo through New Year's Eve. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

The David Traylor Zoo said let there be light, and there certainly was plenty of it Tuesday night.

In fact just over 20,000 feet of Christmas lights were flipped on at the Zoo during the 14th annual Happy Holidaze lighting ceremony according to Zoo Director Lisa Keith.

 

This year Eddie and Nancy Gilpin purchased the right to flip the switch during the Emporia Friends of the Zoo Roundup Auction earlier this year. Eddie Gilpin says they were very happy to be a part of the ceremony and help benefit the zoo at the same time.

 

Their granddaughters Maddie and Bridget did the switch flipping duties Tuesday evening. Besides the formal lighting ceremony, visitors also enjoyed several activities including carolling, courtesy of the Emporia High School Chorale, holiday trivia, crafts, educational opportunities and got to meet some of Santa's helpers who happened to be present.

Keith says the zoo is continuing its efforts to fully convert their Christmas lights to LED to help save energy and preserve the light's life span. According to Keith, this year around 55 percent of their lights are now LED.

This year's Happy Holidaze saw 817 people file into the zoo to watch the lights turn on. The lights will now remain on through New Year's Eve.

Photos and video by Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News 

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