MONROE - Jungle Bells was the first ever Christmas at the Louisiana Purchase Zoo, and one organizer said it was beyond a great day. "The kids have smiles on their faces, it's the best thing ever, this is a huge family event for us," says Jeff Guerriero an injury attorney and the event sponsor.
At the event Santa listened to children's wish lists, you could decorate Christmas stockings, bikes were given away, there was real snow, train and boat rides. Guerriero says he is grateful to be able to give back, "I kind of feel like Santa Claus a little bit, our family has been here over 97 years as attorney's. I've been practicing over 30 years and it's so important for me to give back to the community and that's what it' all about. If I make these people happy, it makes me happy."
Everything was free, although donations for a new train for the zoo were being taken. Although Santa was in town one attendee said he only came for one thing, "I'm just going to be here to see all the animals, I'm very interested in the animals. I just like to watch how the other animals react to others and how they make the sound," said Gabriel Moore.
There were thousands of people in attendance and Guerriero says he only wants to go up from here, "We've been planning for over a month now, this is our first year, we hope this thing will grow and become bigger."
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