Christmas At The Zoo

Dated: 11/28/2016

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With the halfway point of November already past, the holidays are quickly approaching. Many of the Greater Indianapolis area’s businesses are ramping up their activity for the holiday season. The Indianapolis Zoo is no different. For the 49th year in a row, they will host Christmas at the Zoo, one of the most spectacular holiday events in Central Indiana.

Main Event

The Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the country to host a Christmas lighting event, and it has been doing it since 1967. During Christmas at the Zoo, holiday lights are streamed throughout the zoo grounds, an overall breathtaking display. An environmentally-friendly event, Christmas at the Zoo only uses highly-efficient LED lights. The zoo’s cold-friendly animals, including seals, sea lions, tigers and brown bears, will be out and about late into the evening. While seeing the sites, guests can enjoy hot chocolate and holiday treats as they walk among the zoo grounds. Carolers will be on station at the Indianapolis Zoo’s campfire between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:00pm. Guests can request their very favorite holiday songs. Finally, guests can hop on one of the several amusement attractions at the Indianapolis Zoo. The carousel, the White River Junction Train and the 4-D Theater will all be in operation on Christmas at the Zoo nights.

White River Gardens

Outside of the main grounds of the Indianapolis Zoo, guests can trek over to nearby White River Gardens. There, they can meet Santa Claus. He will be on the grounds until December 23rd, and photo packages are available for purchase. While families are here, they should stop by Mrs. Claus’ kitchen. Here, children can make cookies. There is also a great scavenger hunt within White River Gardens. Before leaving, kids can write letters to Santa.


There is no extra charge to attend Christmas at the Zoo. It is included entirely with regular admission. Indianapolis Zoo members can enter, as always, completely free of charge. Guests can receive $1.00 off admission per person for up to four people if they bring a new hat, glove or scarf for donation. These clothing items will go to the St. Mary’s Child Center, a local charity organization. Admission is cheapest when it is purchased online. Admission prices vary throughout the week, but it is generally lowest on weekday nights. The Indianapolis Zoo website has an interactive calendar with admission prices.Image title

Dates and Times

Christmas at the Zoo begins on November 25th and ends on December 30th. Christmas at the Zoo starts at 5:00pm and ends at 9:00pm. The zoo itself opens at noon though. Generally, the Indianapolis Zoo is closed during holidays, Mondays and Tuesdays. However, the Indianapolis Zoo is open on December 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th.


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