CALM experiences record-breaking holiday season

One of the light displays at CALM Holiday Lights, Jan. 5, 2019 (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The California Living Museum is home to hundreds of animals native to California, but during the holidays, it turns into a magic wonderland of lights.

This holiday season they had a record breaking turnout of more 67,000 people.

The zoo showcases 3.2 million Christmas lights. This year, they incorporated LED lights.

For the last 16 years, Holiday Lights has been brightening the holidays for everyone who visits.

It started with a man named Josh Barnett who had a passion for lights.

“Josh told me he would get lights (as) Christmas presents. That’s how much he loved them,” Lana Fain, zoo manager, said. “Josh first started out decorating his Nana’s house.”

His passion for lights grew over the years and sparked the attention of those who saw his work.

One of the founding members of CALM asked Barnett if he would collaborate with CALM to decorate the zoo with a display similar to one the man had seen at the Denver Zoo. Barnett accepted the challenge.

Preparations for Holiday Lights at Calm start as early as January and the set-up begins in late September.

Fain said the Los Angeles Times named CALM one of the Top 10 light shows in the Western United States.

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