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Indianapolis Zoo


Celebrate a Spectacular Holiday Season at the Indianapolis Zoo


New Offerings for the Whole Family



December 01, 2009
Even the animals love the holidays. Don't miss the Indianapolis Zoo's spectacular Christmas at the Zoo, December 4-30, as the Zoo transforms into a magical holiday treasure for young and old alike.

Enjoy a unique holiday experience with the entire family. Stroll through the Indianapolis Zoo and enjoy the grounds covered in holiday lights, catch the dolphin show as you tour the indoor exhibits, ride the holiday train, visit Critter Corner presented by ARAB to "Meet a Keeper," and participate in animal chats at various exhibits including meerkat, sea lion, brown bear and more.

New this year, guests can see the holiday 4-D Ride "The Polar Express™." The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience is based on the film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment, inspired by Chris Van Allsburg's beloved Caldecott Medal children's book, and includes 3-D and 4-D effects that will make a believer out of just about anyone. This experience lasts approximately 20 minutes. For this very special film, visitors should pick up timed tickets at the ticket booth, and admission requires three tickets. 4-D Rides at the Indianapolis Zoo are presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages. All other rides are weather-dependent.

Also new this year, Christmas at the Zoo visitors can go on a scavenger hunt for mistletoe. Throughout the Zoo grounds and indoor exhibits, locate the "not-so-hidden" mistletoe, then go to the Zoo Store to log where it is and register to win a Dolphin In-Water Adventure.

Leading up to Christmas, visit with Santa in Santa's Village presented by Community Health Network and get your photo taken, enjoy area school choirs and traditional carolers singing holiday songs around the campfire, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus and meet real reindeer. But be sure to take a break at Santa's Sweet Shop, located in the Outpost, which features oversized gourmet caramel apples and homemade rice crispy treats, fresh-baked cookies and giant cinnamon rolls, as well as homemade fudge and brownies.

When you think you have seen it all, head over to the Gardens. In the Rotunda stands a beautifully decorated two-story tree. Then explore the Hilbert Conservatory to see the new Conservatory show Woodland Wonderland presented by Community Health Network from noon until 9 p.m., while Christmas at the Zoo action begins at 5 p.m. Also in the Gardens, do a little shopping in "The Christmas Shoppe" to get those one-of-a-kind treasures.

The Zoo will be closed on Christmas Eve and Day. Santa visits end on December 23. Christmas at the Zoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular admission for non-members: $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for seniors age 62+ and children ages 2-12. Children one and under are free, and parking is $5. Guests can receive $1.00 off admission with the donation of a new hat, scarf or gloves for the Julian Center (which provides counseling, safe shelter and education for survivors of domestic violence and other life crises) and St. Mary's Children Center (which helps young children who are at risk for social, emotional, economic and environmental problems).

For the latest information on activities at the Zoo's holiday events, visitors can go to the Zoo's web site at indianapoliszoo.com, and look under Special Events.

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