Unpopular Opinion: The Christmas season has begun.

No, it is not even Thanksgiving yet but, some will argue, the Christmas season is November 1 through the 24th, then it's Thanksgiving, and then the Christmas season resumes November 26 through December 25th.

In the spirit of the holidays, a zoo in Northern Illinois has announced the return of 'Christmas Town.'

Summerfield Zoo via Facebook

Summerfield Zoo, in Belvidere, Illinois, always does a wonderful job in creating a much-loved family experience just in time for Christmas.

It may look a little different again this year, but we are happy to say that Christmas Town at Summerfield Zoo is back for the 2021 Christmas Season.

Summerfield Zoo via Facebook

This unique event begins November 12 and happens every Friday through Saturday until December 19th, and a few additional dates, December 20-23.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Santa's Reindeer Barn with the entire Sleigh Team of Reindeer!
  • The Flying Reindeer Gift Shop
  • Photos with Santa at his cottage!
  • Mrs. Claus' Kitchen!
  • Kids can earn an official Stable Elf Diploma!
  • Baby Reindeer Flight School!
  • Magical Photo Opportunities!

Some of the attractions will be socially distanced due to COVID safety precautions.

Summerfield Zoo via Facebook

Because of the cold temperatures, not all animals will be available for viewing. Do not be disappointed though because plenty of animals may be roaming their enclosures.

Animals typically available for viewing during this event:  Reindeer, Arctic Fox, Arctic Wolves, Grey Wolves, North American Porcupines, River Otters, waterfowl, etc.

Tickets are $14 per person and Summerfield Zoo has provided the recommended route through the area to keep foot traffic flowing smoothly. You can find all that here.

Did you know one of America's best Christmas towns in located in Illinois? You need to plan a trip to Galena.

Wouldn't you know it, the most magical time of year also happens to be when this old-fashioned town looks its best.

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