First night of Wild Lights at St. Louis Zoo

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)--  In Forest Park, the animals at the St. Louis Zoo are aware that wild lights are back.

"We`ve got some 500,000 lights strung up around the zoo in various motifs from butterflies to prairie dogs to just snow flakes they can wonder through," says Ed Spevak, Curator of Invertebrates.

The day began for the Barnicle, Schmitt and Lang families on the day after turkey day with a holiday tradition.

"Every year we come down here and have a group of about 15 or so," says Will Schmitt.  "We have a great time spending a couple hours out here and go back and eat some leftovers.  Yeah it`s a lot of fun."

But Ferguson wasn`t far from anyone`s minds on this Friday taking advantage of warmer temps.

"I actually grew up in that area in Jennings and we used to walk through Ferguson to my Grandfather`s house," says Fred Fosteck.  "It`s always been a nice neighborhood but St. Louis has always been a very strong city.  I think we`ll bounce back."

And that`s what many business owners were thinking post-Thanksgiving day.

"Absolutely," says Lou D`Agrosa, owner of Garden Heights Nursery.  "It should be a good traffic weekend and tomorrow being Small Business Saturday we`re expecting to see a good amount of people coming to support small businesses, which we are."