Philadelphia Zoo premieres new 'Luminature' holiday event

John McDevitt
November 24, 2019 - 12:41 pm
A 35-foot talking polar bear greets Philadelphia Zoo visitors in a new holiday event

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's called Luminature, and it's a massive light show at the Philadelphia Zoo with 12 separate zones, including northern lights that take place in front of the duck pond, and a 35-foot talking polar bear. There are projections, music and colorful lights showcasing the magnificence and diversity of our planet.

Molly and Vincent Striken of East Falls were impressed with the presentation.

"I love that its winter without being overtly Christmas," remarked Molly Striken, "so it's welcoming to everyone. Regardless of what you celebrate, you can celebrate here." 

Philadelphia Zoo visitors get a look at a 25-foot tree made from pink flamingo lawn ornaments.
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The two of them saw the talking polar bear's display and said they thought it was fantastic, though that didn't stop them from theorizing what the bear was built from, and comparing part of it to the hood of a Volkswagen Beetle.

For the record, the bear is indeed built from recycled car doors.

There is also a lighted 25-foot pink tree made from flamingo lawn ornaments, and 200 colorful penguins are also on display. Dozens upon dozens of trees are also illuminated for the holidays in this $3.5 million light show.