U.S. Bank Wild Lights

When: Nov. 25-27, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays-Sundays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Dec. 14-23, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Dec. 26-30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 11 2016

Don't take your kids to any old holiday light display — take them to one of the ten best zoo light displays in America, as ranked by USA Today. U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo (1 Government Drive; opens this weekend from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday (November 25 to 27), and it's currently in the running for the best of the bunch (voting continues online through December 5 if you want to weigh in). U.S. Bank Wild Lights offers light displays, sure, but families can also enjoy stories, campfire s'mores, ice carving demonstrations on weekends and special nighttime viewings of Kali the polar bear, Penguin & Puffin Coast, the Monsanto Insectarium and the Sea Lion Sound exhibition. Sessions resume from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday (November 30 to December 11, and then every night except Christmas Eve and Christmas from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (December 14 to 30). Tickets are $7 to $10, and kids younger than two are free.

Paul Friswold

Price: $7-$10