I did take a break for an evening so we could go to ZooLights at the Jacksonville Zoo. We had a lot of fun at the zoo's Halloween event, so we figured we'd have to check out the holiday lights as well.
We had a great time! There were, of course, lights...:
Octopus and seahorse lights
Eric and a golfing bear
Decked-out zoo train
Hanging out by the penguin lights
Ellie loves it
...other photo ops...:
Merry Christmas from E.J. the dolphin!
...and other miscellaneous interesting things to see:
Elephant statue wearing a rather festive knit sweater
But the most fun was on the Great Lawn. They were selling hot chocolate and packets of goodies to make s'mores around the fire. They also had ice skating, a showing of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (E.J. found Hermey to be quite hilarious), a spot to visit Santa and "snow." Ellie was absolutely thrilled with the snow! I'm not sure I've ever seen such joy on her face before.
Eric roasting our marshmallows
Enjoying the fruits of Eric's labor
And, of course, it's just not a visit to the zoo without a ride on the carousel.
I suspect this is her happy place.
We had a great time!