It’s the kids’ turn to be party animals this New Year’s Eve. They’ll spend the twilight hours of 2013 exploring the Zoo Lights and learning about the furry residents—while parents spend a night out before they pick up the kids in the morning. Tue-Wed, 5 p.m.-10 a.m.
Comedian and hypnotist Rusty Z headlines this annual fund-raiser for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers. Grab some appetizers and a drink as you watch the hypnotist cast a hilarious spell on audience members. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance. 21+. Thu 6:30-10 p.m.
Raise a glass for the 16th anniverisary of this popular event. Take this year's party as an opportunity to try something new, with food and drink featured from more than 20 local restaurants and 40 Colorado breweries. Whether you prefer porters or pale ales, your palate will certainly be pleased. Fri 7-10 p.m.
Help raise funds for the Red Apple Fund for Life-Long Learning, which supports the zoo's educational programs. Grab some ice cream as you hang at the zoo’s Northern Shores playground, watch animal demonstrations, and take free rides on the carousel and train. Tickets will not be available at the door, so get them in advance. Sat 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Hollie Colahan isn’t your typical animal-lover: Working at zoos from Houston to Orlando, Colahan has bottle-fed baby cheetahs and tended to agitated animals during hurricanes. Now, as the Denver Zoo’s large mammal curator, she helped facilitate a deal with the royal family of Qatar to bring a trio of young lions to Denver—the zoo’s first cubs since 2006.
The zoo is illuminated by more than 38 acres of lights and more than 200 animated animal sculptures for the annual wintertime traditon. Bring the whole family along with non-perishable food donations to receive $1 off your Zoo Lights admission. (Only one discount may be used per ticket.) Daily 5:30-10 p.m.
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