Holiday Lights at CALM — a local tradition — set to return for 11th year

Nov. 4, 2013  —  Holiday Lights at CALM will be back for its 11th year, Nov. 29 through Dec. 31 (closed Christmas Day), featuring a dazzling musical tree show and creative, animated displays with more than two million colorful, energy-efficient LED lights. Designed and installed by Josh Barnett and his company Lightasmic!, Holiday Lights will be open nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“Visiting Holiday Lights has become a tradition for many local families,” said CALM Foundation president Russ Bigler. “More than 400,000 people have visited since our first year. Last year we had a record 58,000 visitors.”

Over the years, the show has been updated and enhanced with new, low-energy LED lights, new displays and “fill in” effects that enhance the experience. New displays this year include a Statue of Liberty with fireworks, a lighthouse, a wolf howling at the moon and an interactive display where children can choose their own light colors.

Free train rides on the Candy Cane Express, on a giant merry-go-round, and a concessions stand operated by Teen Challenge will complete a memorable night out for the whole family.

Tickets to Holiday Lights are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-12, $10 for those 13-17, and $10 for seniors 60 and older. Tickets are $2 off Monday — Thursday the first two weeks of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at www.vallitix.com.

California Living Museum (CALM), located between Lake Ming and Hart Park on Alfred Harrell Highway in northeast Bakersfield, has provided residence for animals that have been injured or otherwise cannot survive in their natural habitat for more than 30 years. Proceeds from Holiday Lights benefit the non-profit CALM Foundation, providing funding for developing new and exciting animal exhibits at CALM.

For more information, check CALM’S Web site, www.calmzoo.org , or call CALM at (661) 872-2256.