Must Tries of Christmas at the Zoo 2023

Must Tries of Christmas at the Zoo 2023


published Dec. 11, 2023


It’s that time of the year! The twinkling glow of Christmas lights shining, the smell of fresh hot chocolate, penguins spreading their holiday cheer under the Bicentennial Pavilion and jolly old Santa Claus sitting in his study greeting children – Christmas at the Zoo is finally here! From November 18-December 30, venture to the Indianapolis Zoo for a night of holiday cheer complete with activities, special characters, and food – lots of food!

From main entrees to sweets to beverages, we have plenty of options that will put you and your family into the holiday spirit. This year, we asked our guests what they recommend from the menu that will fill your bellies with cheer!


  • Cluckin’ Christmas Chicken Sandwich
    • Crispy fried chicken patty, melty cheese, pickles, Sriracha, maple syrup and crisp bacon on a waffle. (New)
  • Gobblerito
    • Roasted turkey breast, creamy mashed potatoes, homestyle stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce and French’s® fried onions wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla and smothered in gravy. (Classic)
  • Christmas Tree Treat
    • Christmas tree-shaped Rice Krispies® treat, drizzled with white chocolate and decorated with sprinkles. (Classic) (V, GF)
  • Cup of Cheer
    • Yummy hot chocolate served in a Christmas at the Zoo souvenir cup. (Classic)


We can’t forget the “holiday spirits” we have at Christmas at the Zoo! For the elves 21-and-over, we have two new festive cocktails! Try the Shmallo Hot Chocolate, made with a wintry mixture of Hotel Tango Toasted Marshmallow Bourbon and hot chocolate. Or try the Yuletide Cider – a perfect cocktail to chill by one of our fire pits with – a delicious combination of apple cider and Hotel Tango Orangecello.

You can find all these sweet and savory treats at multiple food venues all throughout the Zoo!

*To see our full seasonal menu, check out our Christmas at the Zoo Foodie Guide presented by Red Gold.

*For more information on Christmas at the Zoo 2023 presented by CareSource, click here.

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