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The Holiday’s are here. Thanksgiving is a week away. So when is the Indianapolis Zoo starting it’s annual ‘Christmas At The Zoo’ celebration?

It starts this weekend!

You can start visiting the nightly light show at the zoo on Saturday, November 23 until Monday, December 30. The light show essentially starts when it begins to be dark at 5:00 p.m. each night and closes at 9:00 p.m.

They’re closed on Thanksgiving Day, as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas day. 

Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo has been going on since 1967, and was the first of it’s kind. And this year it gets even better with Santa’s Village! 



Santa’s Study: Free visits with Santa through Dec. 23, 5pm-close, with photo packages available for purchase. Please be in line by 9pm to visit Santa.

Visit Santa Early: Dec. 13-23, 12:30-4pm in the Schaefer Rotunda in the White River Gardens.

Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen presented by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent: Free visits with Mrs. Claus through Dec. 23 and treat decorating available for purchase. 

Santa’s Barn presented by State Farm: See Santa’s sleigh and a few of his reindeer.

The Snowflakery presented by Honda Manufacturing: Wind through the mirror maze that is full of wintry twists and turns!

Tunnel of Lights: Have your camera ready to remember the moment you step inside the tunnel and are surrounded in glowing lights!

Penguin Encounter: Get up close to these winter-ready birds from 6-8pm (animal and weather dependent).

Mistletoe Kisses Gazebo: A picturesque place to find one of 10 hidden mistletoe. Look for more mistletoe hidden throughout the Zoo and submit your answers in the main gift shop to try to win an Animal Art Adventure.

Holiday Card Photo Opportunity: Larger than life holiday card for a larger than life family photo moment!

Christmas At The Zoo is always a great date night, night out with the kids, or a fun way to start a new holiday tradition. Be sure to get your tickets starting this weekend!