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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Frugal Holiday Activities 12.26.12

Christmas is over, but that doesn't mean that there are no more holiday activities to engage in on your days off. Take a break from playing with your new toys and go outside. We were able to spend our Friday night doing something we hadn't done for a while. Going to the zoo.
The Oregon Zoo in Portland holds their Zoolights event between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. They decorate the zoo with millions of lights. You'll see animals, but only lit up ones, as most of the real animals are asleep for the night. This is a super popular event in the Portland area. The lines were long when we arrived, but they were crazy by the time we were leaving. Weekends are the busiest and also the days leading up to Christmas, so going before the end of the year is perfect and a good way to spend quality time out with your family before school and work starts again.

With a zoo membership, you can get into this event for free. We happened to be in the right place at the right time and some wonderful people saved us $24 by handing us their two extra member tickets that they couldn't use, so this activity ended up being even cheaper. We spent a total of $9 once we made it in and that was on hot chocolates and treats. Even though it was rainy, we still had a good time and got some fun photos. 

What are some of your favorite local holiday traditions?

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