Holiday Lights opens Friday at CALM

These are just a few of the light displays for Holiday Lights at CALM Nov. 28, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Christmas is less than a month away and the California Living Museum has just the thing to get everyone into the spirit of the season – Holiday Lights.

CALM’s 16th annual Holiday Lights event opens Friday at the museum, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway.

More than 3 million colorful lights, a musical tree and animated displays create an unforgettable holiday extravaganza for the whole family.

But CALM is still in need of volunteers to staff the lighting spectacular, Lana Fain, manager of CALM, said.

“It takes a lot of people to make this happen - volunteers, as well as the staff, and everyone else that comes together to make this our Sweet 16,” Fain said.

The event runs a total of 36 nights and approximately 30 volunteers are needed for each of those nights.

Volunteers walk along the paths, guide visitors, sometimes take photos on request and watch out for the animals to make sure no one is feeding them. Volunteers must be at least 17 years old.

Plus, volunteers get rewarded for giving their time – volunteers receive a free admission to Holiday Lights for every night worked. Anyone who volunteers 40 hours during the event will get a free family membership to CALM, Fain said.

She reminds visitors that the whole zoo is not open during Holiday Lights, though some animals, like perennial favorite Pebbles the porcupine, will be out for visitors to see.

Fain encourages people to come out to CALM and enjoy Holiday Lights. Proceeds from the event go to help the animals.

“You help CALM, you help animals like Pebbles, so that makes it all worthwhile, as far as I’m concerned,” Fain said. “It’s all about the animals.

Anyone interested in volunteering for Holiday Lights can call (661) 871-1822.

Tickets for Holiday Lights cost $12 for adults; $10 for those 60 years and up; $10 for ages 13-17; $6 for ages 3-12; children 2 years and younger get in free.

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