SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Zoo in forest park officially closed its gates for the season back in early November, but was for one more night this year, as part of the Spirit of Springfield’s Bright Nights holiday attraction.

The Zoo was open Wednesday night from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and while the ice and snow mean not all sections will be accessible, visitors got a chance to see some animals and how they operate in the lower temperatures. And of course, the night wouldn’t be complete, without some free cider, and a visit from Santa Claus.

“These two nights are so awesome for people to come in and see the zoo in winter.
meet some of their friends that they love! We have ur new camel Farrah out. She’s enjoying visiting some of our guests,” Sarah Tsitso, from Forest Park Zoo told 22News.

All animals at The Zoo have access to shelter, with some structures offering full heat for those animals that require a warmer climate.