Pumpkinpalooza At Palm Beach Zoo

Editor's note: This is the first installment of About Town with Eddie Ritz, which replaces Weird News.

In this column, he'll give his spin on happenings in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

Let there be light!

Eddie Ritz of the Palm Beach Post.
Eddie Ritz of the Palm Beach Post.

Ok, that's been done, but how about let there be Zoo Lights?

Done. The Palm Beach Zoo's "Zoo Lights" is back for year No. 3.

Presented by Florida Power & Light company FPL SolarNow, this holiday tradition is set to make the season sparkle once again with more than one million eco-friendly lights spread out over the zoo's 23 acres.

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Though as capable of creating a holiday wonderland as traditional lights, the LED lights used in Zoo Lights are more energy efficient and are at least partly powered by two large FPL solar arrays at the zoo.

The event will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through Dec. 19, as well as Dec. 20-23, Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 1-2. It will feature unique, themed light displays throughout the entire facility. The themes are all animal-related; one will feature a pair of giraffes representing a mother and her calf. The mom is an impressive 15 feet tall and the calf no slouch at 9 feet.

Though most of the zoo's actual residents will be earning some well-deserved slumber after a day of entertaining and educating guests, patrons may catch a glimpse of one or two along the pathways.

Zoo Lights will feature themed displays spread throughout the Palm Beach Zoo's 23 acres.
Zoo Lights will feature themed displays spread throughout the Palm Beach Zoo's 23 acres.

For anyone looking to trip the lights fantastic, a DJ at the Fountain Plaza will spin family-friendly platters to get everyone Jingle Bell rocking.

A s'mores station and libation stations also will be at the fountain.

The Tropics Cafe will be open, serving a menu of meal options and drinks including beer and wine. The concession stand is also open during the event.

Want more?

Of course you do. Well, right up until Dec. 23 (when he has to prep the reindeer and sleigh for a delivery run at speeds that would make the Millennium Falcon come apart) a certain gentleman sporting a white beard and dressed in red will be available for pictures.

So celebrate this holiday season under the lights at Zoo Lights.

Where: 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28; Dec. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17-23, 26-30; Jan.1, 2

Cost: see website for ticket prices and available time slots

Information: 561-547-9453; www.palmbeachzoo.org/zoolights

Note: Nightly attendance is being limited, and timed tickets are required for the event. All tickets must be purchased onlinein advance to secure a spot.

Elsewhere about town:

Get more Zingers in the Gardens

If you're hungry and want a relaxed atmosphere, you're in luck as another Miller's Ale House opened n Palm Beach County Nov. 15.

Set in the Alton Town Shopping Center, on Donald Ross Road in Palm Beach Gardens, this new location addition will have a unique, private event space called the Florida Room, in addition to seating for 220 patrons and two bar areas.

Not just another sports bar, Miller's goes beyond typical bar fare with more than 60 menu items including appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, pastas, steaks, seafood and entrees, plus daily lunch and dinner specials.

In addition, the chain is particularly known for its Zingers. The buttermilk-drenched, hand-breaded, fresh-never-frozen boneless chicken tenders are tossed in a choice of 17 sauces for a wing-style taste that is waiting to rock your world.

A plate of Miller's Zingers and an ice-cold beverage? Yes, please!
A plate of Miller's Zingers and an ice-cold beverage? Yes, please!

And when you think it's over, it's not — and don't start in with any kind of calorie-counting either, just do it: Man or woman up and order the Capt. Jack's Buried Treasure for dessert.

This all-time favorite is a triple-layered vanilla ice cream cake, featuring an Oreo cookie crust, Heath Bar crunch crumble, caramel and hot fudge sauce.

Promise yourself (or lie to yourself, whatever) that you'll spend an extra 10 minutes on the treadmill, but live! Eat some dessert and live!

Though there are now 57 locations in Florida and dozens more outside the state, Miller's got its start right here in Palm Beach County with the first location in Jupiter in 1988.

“Throughout our expansion over the years, we’ve never forgotten our roots in Florida and know that we have many Miller’s fans in Palm Beach,” said Miller’s Ale House President and COO Ray Holden.

Get into holiday groove at Rosemary Square

Celebrate the holidays at Rosemary Square undeer The Wishing Tree.
Celebrate the holidays at Rosemary Square undeer The Wishing Tree.

Want a heaping helping of holiday happiness?

Not just a scoop or two, but a destination that's got just about everything Yuletide can offer?

Then head over to Rosemary Square.

Whether you've been naughty or nice (he knows, but will always play nice for the cameras) there are weekend photos with Santa through Dec. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 to 7 p.m. Sundays.

They accurately predict snowfall and a lightshow (it's uncanny) at The Wishing Tree three times every night, at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., through Dec. 31.

There's the Mistletoe Trail, where intrepid adventurers can explore the neighborhood and take pictures under all five of the hanging holiday smooch-inducers and then post them with the hashtag #thesquarewestpalm for a chance to be featured on their Instagram page.

Want a classic holiday movie to get you in the spirit? How about Family Movie Night on the Lawn with "The Polar Express" on Dec. 18 and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" on Dec. 19.

In addition, Copper Blues will host an Ugly Sweater Brunch on Dec. 19, and offer live holiday music from saxophonist Reggie Ellison on Christmas Day.

So even if you've been naughty up until just now, change your ways, be patient in traffic, be kind to people just because, reach out to loved ones, count all of your blessings and have a great holiday!

Eddie Ritz is a journalist for The Palm Beach Post, part of the USA Today Network. He has lived in the West Palm Beach area for more than 30 years and, from mild to wild, will cover noteworthy community happenings. He can be reached at eritz@pbpost.com.

This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Christmas lights at Palm Beach Zoo, holidays at Rosemary Square

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