Christmas at the Zoo
presented by Donatos
and Teachers Credit Union
5-9pm Wednesday-Sunday • Nov. 29-Dec. 29, plus Dec.
23 & 30
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
yourself with the magic and beauty of the holiday
season as the Indianapolis Zoo hosts its 45th year
of Christmas at the Zoo
presented by Donatos
The Zoo opens at noon during Christmas at the Zoo.
TIP: Come out before 5pm for a great parking spot
and chance to enjoy the animals before the lights
Dating back to 1967, the
Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the United
States to hold a holiday lights event, and since
then, Christmas at the Zoo has become known for its
spectacular holiday lights and displays.
Christmas at the Zoo is a great place to make
holiday memories! Click
here to see some of our
favorite memories from years past.
A visit to Christmas at the Zoo is unlike any other
time of the year as we bring together the best of
the holiday season with a “wild” twist! As the sun sets over the White
River State Park, enjoy the warm glow of twinkling
lights, creating a magical nighttime
experience. You'll find yourself eager to celebrate
everything the holidays should be … plus animals!
Several of the Zoo’s hardiest will stay up late to
enjoy the cooler nights, including seals and sea lions,
red panda, brown bears and more! You and
your loved ones can dash between
Oceans, the Dolphin Dome, Café on the Commons and two campfires.
Then grab some hot cocoa and join in the fun!
to see a map for this year's event.
By to See Santa
● Santa's Workshop presented by
Chick-fil-A features free visits with
Santa (great photo packages
● Cookie decorating* with Mrs. Claus in Mrs.
● Letters to Santa
● We Three Trees
Central Indiana Honda Dealers
● All-A-Glow Light Show
● All holiday lights are 100 percent LED energy
efficient presented by
Fun Fact: This is the
first time our lights are 100 percent LED efficient
for Christmas at the Zoo!
Sea Lion Chat (Entry Plaza)
Penguin Feed Demonstration (Oceans)
6:30pm Holiday Dolphin Show (Marsh Theater)
Alaskan Brown Bear Chat (Forests)
• 7:30pm Dog
Shark Chat (Oceans)
• 8pm Holiday Dolphin
Show (Marsh Theater)
Carolers (before Christmas)
local school choirs (at Café on the
Traditional carolers singing around the back campfire.
TIP: Come ready to request your favorite holiday
Find the Mistletoe
● Be on the
lookout for up to 10 mistletoes and register to win
one of two
TIP: Not all mistletoes need to be found in order to
Santa’s Sweet Shop near Encounters offers gourmet rice crispy treats, freshly baked
cinnamon rolls and cookies, as well as homemade
fudge and brownies.
Santa’s First Stop on the main path near the
● Mrs. Claus' Kitchen in White
Zoo fare served at Café on the Commons
TIP: On a chilly night, a "Cup of Cheer"
can be worth its weight in gold. Get free refills on
hot beverages all night long at any
food service location!
Memorable Holiday Photo Ops*
Front Gate as you enter
● Santa in Santa’s Toy Shop at White River
Sleigh in Oceans
TIP: Think you're too old for a photo with Santa?
The sleigh in Oceans is a great photo op for adults
Holiday Train Ride presented by Marathon
4-D Theater presented by Yellow
TIP: Coming back next year? Ticket packages are
valid for a full year, so you can use a few now and
save a few for later!
Indianapolis Zoo Gift Shop for amazing animal-themed
holiday decorations and the perfect gifts for
everyone on your shopping list. Find ornaments, home
décor, plush animals, books, games and more! Other
great gifts for the holiday season are Indianapolis
Purchase a gift membership for your friends and
family before Dec. 13 and an Animal Amigo before
Dec. 16 to ensure it arrives before Christmas!
WISH Tree serves as a
collection point for the WISH-TV campaign to gather
toys for families in need during the holiday season
until Dec. 13. Bring your toy donation or purchase
items here in either gift shop.
Collected items will be donated to The Salvation
Army's Toy Shop and guests who donate toys on Dec. 6
from 5-7pm will will also receive a coupon for a
free train ride!
Christmas at the
• Christmas at
the Zoo is is free for Zoo members and included with
• Discounted tickets are available
at participating Donatos
locations and Teachers Credit Union
• Save on admission by
purchasing advance tickets
online or bring a new hat,
scarf or glove donation for the
Mitten Donation Tree that supports our local St.
Mary's Child Center.
*Requires additional charge.
Photos by Jason
Wright and Carla Knapp
Thank you to our