Nov. 24-26, 29-30; Dec. 1-3, 6-10, 13-23, 26-30
Festivities 5-9pm • NEW Fridays and Saturdays extended 5-10pm!
It will be an exciting year at Christmas at the Zoo presented by and Donatos and Teachers Credit Union with an all-new, enchanted Santa's Village under the Bicentennial Pavilion. Magical scenes of wonder and light will fill Santa's Village where you can decorate delectable cookies in Mrs. Claus' Kitchen, visit with Santa in his charming study and see Santa's reindeer in his barn.
A visit to Christmas at the Zoo is unlike any other time of the year as we bring together the best of the holiday season with a "wild" twist! As the sun sets over White River State Park, enjoy the warm glow of twinkling lights, creating a magical nighttime experience. You'll find yourself eager to celebrate everything the holidays should be … plus animals! Several of the Zoo's hardiest will stay up late to enjoy the cooler nights, including seals and sea lions presented by Carrier Corporation, walrus, tigers, red panda, brown bears and more! Plus, see all of the animals in our indoor exhibits, including Oceans, the Dolphin Dome, Deserts, and the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center (Note: Desert animals and orangutans may go to sleep once the sun sets). You and your loved ones can easily stay warm venturing between indoor buildings, sipping on hot beverages as you stroll among the lights, or sitting by our two campfire locations.
USA Today's 10 Best Zoo Lights
Thanks to YOU, Christmas at the Zoo was voted in the top five Best Zoo Lights in the nation in 2015 and 2016 by USA Today's 10 Best!
Be Part of the Tradition!
Dating back to 1967, the Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the United States to hold a holiday lights event. Now in its 49th year, Christmas at the Zoo has become a favorite for many guests. At every twist and turn you're sure to enjoy the sparkling twinkle of 100 percent LED light displays that will adorn Zoo grounds, making Christmas at the Zoo a great place to create holiday memories!
Plan Your Night Out
The Zoo opens at noon with special activities from 5-9pm on event days, with new extended hours from 5-10pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Come early to grab a great parking spot, visit with the animals and watch as the lights come on to transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland.
School Choirs (before Christmas)
Find the Mistletoe
Delicious Christmas Treats
Santa's Sweet Shop near Flights of Fancy offers gourmet goodies
Peppermint Twist beverage hut within Santa's Village (under the Bicentennial Pavilion)
Cookie decorating in Mrs. Claus' Kitchen within Santa's Village (under the Bicentennial Pavilion)
Zoo fare served at Café on the Commons
TIP: On a chilly night, a "Cup of Cheer" can be worth its weight in gold. Get free refills on hot beverages all night long at any food service location!
Memorable Holiday Photo Opportunities*
Great Gifts* that Support the Zoo
Christmas at the Zoo Admission:
Christmas at the Zoo is included with regular admission and free for Zoo members!
Discounted tickets are available at participating Donatos and Teachers Credit Union locations.
Save on admission by purchasing advance tickets online.
Receive $1 off admission for up to four people when you bring a new hat, scarf or glove donation for the Mitten Donation Tree that supports our local St. Mary's Child Center.
*Requires additional charge.
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