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Zoo and Enchanted Village lighting up

Groups from Federal Way are scheduled to perform this month at the Zoolights holiday display at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

A student choir from Sherwood Forest Elementary School will sing at least three Christmas songs next Tuesday at 7 p.m., and the Show Stoppers jazz dancers and Aria Dance Company will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 20.

The performances will be in the new Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater, which offers covered seating for 350 people.

Zoolights, featuring hundreds of lighted figures, is open daily through Jan. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. except Dec. 24 and 25. Tickets are $4 at the gate or $3.50 if purchased in advance at Albertson's grocery stores.

Most of the displays, many depicting animal life, were designed and handcrafted by zoo employees. Laid end to end, the lights would stretch 50 miles. One display alone has 32,000 lights.

Also lighting up with a commercial holiday display is Enchanted Village. A 20-foot "Tribute to Our Heroes," in memory of Iwo Jima/World War II and 9/11 memorials, is among lighted attractions that made their debut last night and will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight and tomorrow and 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 12-14, Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 1.

More than 1 million twinkling lights are accompanied by strolling carolers, local entertainment and Enchanted Village rides.

Tickets are $16.99 at the gate or $12.99 in advance at participating Safeway stores.

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