Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sew Cute Holiday: Brookfield Zoo Lights Snapshots

Christmas may be over, but I am still talking about it because I'm not over it. Today I'm sharing some snapshots of my trip to the Brookfield Zoo Lights. The Brookfield Zoo is a zoo located locally the suburbs of Chicago. I grew up going to the zoo and watching all of the animals, but I have never been to the Brookfield Zoo's Christmas lights. So, this year I found a Groupon and my mom and I decided to head on out to check it out. 

If you follow me on Instagram stories, you would know the first attempt we tried to go we couldn't get in. The roads were jam packed full of cars an entire mile around the zoo and no one was allowed to enter the parking lot. After about an hour and a half of sitting in the car outside of the zoo my mom and I aborted mission and decided we would go another day. 

Naturally, we waited till the week of Christmas and went a few days after. It was below 30 degrees and everything was covered in snow. So, in these photos I am wearing two pairs of pants, a spirit jersey, Patagonia zip-up, two pairs of socks, a beanie, Bean Boots, and a big North Face parka. To say we were bundled up would be an understatement. But, with all of our layers we kept pretty warm and enjoyed all of the lights and animals! 

Most of the animals were inside, so we could go in and out of the exhibits to warm up. The wind wasn't terrible so it could have been much much worse weather then what we had. It was snowing while we were there so it made everything quite magical, to be honest. But, there is nothing magical about getting snowflakes stuck in your eyelashes, I will say that! 

As for the actual lights they were super fun to see! They had animated light as well as some lights that changed with music. Plus there were some animals outside that are used to the cold weather, so it was fun to see some of them play in the snow. We saw three Reindeer chasing each other as carolers sang Christmas music. Honestly, one of the coolest things I have seen in a while! It was the picture perfect Christmas picture. 

There were lots of great photo ops as well! From the rainbow light globe thing (not sure what to call that) to all of the animal lights and sculptures there were tons of fun photo opportunities at the Zoo Lights. 

Overall, we had a great experience at the Brookfield Zoo Lights! For a $12.50 ticket on Groupon it was more then worth the money! You get admission into the zoo as well as the lights, and you could be there all day if you really wanted too. It was practically empty when we went due to the snow and cold weather, so I recommend going on a colder day to avoid crowds, if you can.  

Where it's from: 
Coat: North Face (from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!) 
Leggings: Aerie 
Boots: L.L. Bean 
Hat: The Pink Pineapple Shop 
Scarf: The Pink Pineapple Shop 
Bag: Stoney Clover Lane 
Socks: J.Crew 

Did you visit any fun Christmas light displays this season? Let me know in the comments below! 

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