Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Christmas at the Zoo Brings Holiday Cheer
Lighting Up the Winter with Lots of Holiday Entertainment

December 01, 2010

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, we’re telling you why…Santa Claus is coming to the Indianapolis Zoo! Families throughout the community are invited to join the Zoo family for the annual holiday celebration as they transform it into a winter haven for heartwarming family fun. Christmas at the Zoo runs December 3-30, closed Christmas Eve and Day. The Zoo and Gardens open at 12 pm daily with the holiday activities beginning at 5 pm. This event is free for Zoo members and at the Zoo’s discounted off-season rate for non-members ($8.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors 62+ and children 2-12, and free for children one and under). Discount tickets are also available at select Marsh Supermarkets.

Visitors will be captivated by the thousands of lights and hundreds of displays arrayed across the Zoo along with the holiday themed activities. This year will feature several additional animated light shows, including the All Aglow Light Show presented by Macy’s in the middle of the Zoo next to Santa’s Sweet Shop. The North Pavilion transforms into Santa’s Village presented by Community Health Network, featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus. Kids can write a letter to Santa and drop it in the mailbox, and even see other children’s letters that have been written throughout the years in the scrapbook. Visitors can also place a wish or blessing on one of the many wishing trees in hopes that it might come true.

Entertainment also awaits you, with high school choirs performing and carolers singing around the campfires. You also can’t miss out on the many themed shows, including the Holiday Dolphin Show, Train Ride, and 3-D Ride featuring Polar Express.

Many animals at the Zoo love the cold temperatures, including the polar bear, seals, sea lions, brown bears and walrus. When visitors are ready to take a break from the chill, there are plenty of indoor exhibits to enjoy, too. Travel between Oceans, Dolphin Pavilion and underwater viewing dome, and Deserts. The Hilbert Conservatory also becomes illuminated during the season as the Woodland Wonderland, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, takes over White River Gardens. Enjoy holiday music synchronized to a full light show that encompasses the entire Hilbert Conservatory. While enjoying the lights and music, find over twenty items with the decorations as part of a scavenger hunt.

• The Zoo continues its efforts this year to replace standard light strands with the LED equivalent. This will help use less power, while featuring strands of Christmas lights that are brighter and longer lasting.

• During Christmas at the Zoo, the Zoo will be collecting new hats, scarves, and gloves for adults and children. To support survivors of life crises, these items will be donated to organizations such as St. Mary’s Child Center.

• Santa’s Sweet Shop is one of the newest—and tastiest—Zoo holiday traditions featuring scratch-made and locally sourced baked goods and sweets including freshly dipped candied apples, giant holiday-decorated Rice Crispy Treats, warm beverages, brownies, and fudge. Mmm, mmm, delicious!

The Indianapolis Zoo looks forward to helping you make memories too big to fit in a box this holiday season!