WALLY goes wild for holiday lights at Woodland Park Zoo

If you’re a lot like us then you must be sad to see the holiday season come to an end. With just a few short days until we ring in the New Year, there is still some time to enjoy looking at holiday lights to brighten up your night. 

This past weekend, the WALLY team stopped by one of the top destinations in Seattle to see holiday lights, the Woodland Park Zoo.  With over 575,000 sparkling lights the WALLY team made sure to not miss out on this event, and it's not too late to join the fun! WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo doesn’t end until Jan. 4.

But how did the tradition of hanging holiday lights come to be? Starting from the evolution of light from candles to the invention of the light bulb by Thomas Edison, his demonstration of electric lights inspired his friend and fellow inventor, Edward H. Johnson, to hang the very first string of electric Christmas tree lights in 1882.  From there, holiday lights slowly gained popularity as they became safer and in 1923, President Calvin Coolidge began the tradition of lighting the National Christmas Tree at the White House. It's crazy to think that during those times, holiday lights would cost about $2,000 in today’s dollars, but now you can find them for much less!

Today, it's estimated that over 80 million homes are decorated with holiday lights, and that 150 million light sets are sold each year.  From candle lights to electric lights, it’s easy to get caught in the holiday spirit. For all you Supercharged Seahawk Fans out there, this holiday lights video is for you.

by  Christa VanWieringen

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