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When the Wildlife Experience Museum decides to do something, it does it all the way. So it goes without saying that the venue’s first-ever holiday lighting attraction, Winter WonderLights, also goes a step further. Opening tonight at 5:30 p.m., the fledgling spectacle has both indoor and outdoor components that set it apart from the holiday-lighting pack.

A journey that begins on a spectacular LED-lit nature trail -- before winding its way inside for letter-writing to Santa, holiday crafts and encounters with live elves, reindeer and the Clauses -- WonderLights promises to be a welcome addition to the southern quadrant of the metro area. “It’s something that’s been missing from this area for a long time,” says spokeswoman Tori Labs. “Plus, it’s just a fun way to let people know about the museum -- and its wildlife educational pieces -- over the holidays.” Of course, the educational qualities that come with the experience are well-cloaked: The museum will use its large-format screen to show the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon, and educational displays of winter animals will be included in the mix.

Winter WonderLights continues at the museum, 10035 South Peoria Street in Parker, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays until December 28; admission ranges from $4.95 to $7.95 and is free for children under age two. Log on to or call 720-488-3300.
Fridays-Sundays, 5:30-9 p.m. Starts: Nov. 28. Continues through Dec. 28, 2008


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