Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo
Where holiday memories begin

December 01, 2011

For more than 30 years, Hoosier families have made wonderful holiday memories while attending Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo. This year’s event is presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union, and offers new dates. Christmas at the Zoo is open Wednesday-Sunday from Nov. 25-Dec. 23, plus Dec. 26-30. While the Zoo opens at noon, the holiday magic is from 5-9 p.m.

Christmas at the Zoo is unlike any other time of the year at the Zoo. As dusk sets, the Zoo begins to glow with sparkling lights creating a sense of holiday magic. Several animals stay up late to enjoy the cooler nights, including the sea lions, polar bear, walrus, brown bears, and tiger. Zoo guests, on the other hand, have no trouble keeping warm going between the well spaced out Oceans building, Dolphin Dome, Deserts, Santa’s Village, Café on the Commons, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, White River Gardens, and two campfires.

Event highlights include visits (and photos) with Santa, cookie decorating, holiday dolphin show, six keeper chats, choir performances, delicious holiday treats, Santa’s reindeer (the real ones!), holiday train ride, the carousel, and of course, those beautiful lights. Guests should be on the lookout for up to 10 mistletoes so they can register to win a Dolphin In-Water Adventure.

The Zoo Store will feature animal and holiday decorations and gifts for all ages – great plush, ornaments, books, and more!

This event is free for Zoo members and included with regular off-season admission. Receive $1 off with the donation of a new hat, scarf or gloves for St. Mary’s Children Center. Discount tickets are available at Indianapolis Donatos locations. Complete details can be found at under Special Events.