Wed, November 16 @ 6:30 pm – Thu, December 22 @ 8:30 pm
ElectriCritters, River Bend Nature Center’s annual lighted Christmas display will be open every Friday and Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm November 16th (closed November 17th) through December 22nd.
With the flip of a switch, more than 60,000 lights on more than 185 lighted displays will glitter and sparkle, bringing the sights and sounds of the season to adults and children. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Butterfly Queen will make an appearance each night. After exploring the lighted grounds come on into the Candy Cane Café and enjoy hot chocolate and apple cider, feast on hot cookies and popcorn, and shop for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. River Bend is stroller and wheelchair accessible.
ElectriCritters is the major fundraiser for River Bend Nature Center. Proceeds help fund education programs enjoyed by over 44,000 children and adults of our community each year. River Bend is located at 2200 3rd St. near the main entrance to Lucy Park.
How do I sponsor an ElectriCritter?
Where do you buy pre-sale tickets, and how much are they?
Pre-sale tickets and packets can be purchased in our Nature Gift Shop during regular business hours, which are Mon. – Fri. 9-5pm, Sat. 10-4pm, and Sun. 12-4. Pre-sale tickets are $4 each and pre-sale packets (which include one admission ticket, a food voucher and a drink voucher) are $5. Admission during the event is $5 at the door, and children ages 1 and under are admitted free! All food and drink items are $1 each.
Where do we park?
There is parking in the main parking lot, across the street, down the hill in the city parking lot, and in Lucy Park. Please do not block driveways or gates.
What food and drink items do you have, and are they included with admission?
We have hot popcorn, warm chocolate chip cookies, hot apple cider and hot chocolate (sugar-free options available for drinks). All food items and drink items are $1 each. There are also sodas, and other beverages available for sale in the Nature Gift Shop.
Is ElectriCritters inside or outside?
ElectriCritters takes place both inside and outside.
Is RBNC handicap accessible / stroller friendly?
The facility is handicap accessible, and strollers are welcome. We have one wheelchair on site. See map below for details.
Can you drive through the event?
This is a walk-through event.
Are members free?
There is no discount for members for this event. However, pre-sale tickets are available in the Nature Gift Shop and can be purchased during regular business hours starting October 16th.
When are Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Butterfly Queen there?
Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Butterfly Queen are available for pictures every night of ElectriCritters from 6:30 until 8:30.
Are dogs allowed?
Canine assistant animals are always allowed at RBNC. Leashed dogs are allowed on our nature trails during regular business hours. However, they are not allowed during special events due to crowds.
When should we arrive?
If you get here early, parking is easier to find. The event is come and go from 6:30 to 8:30pm. We will stop taking admission at 8:15 pm.
Does River Bend have restrooms?
Yes we do. There are 2 located inside, and 3 outside. All are handicap accessible.
What if it rains or snows?
If it is raining or snowing, the electrical connections get wet and we have to cancel since most of Electricritters takes place outside. We will announce it on our Facebook and website if we have to cancel. We still have several other upcoming dates you can attend. ElectriCritters is every Friday and Saturday night starting November 16th (closed the 17th) until December 22nd from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. We hope to see you!