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Santa’s Zoo Stop

December 10, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Santa’s making a one-day stop at the Louisville Zoo on Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and he’s bringing enrichment treats for the animals with him!  Please note: Santa will take a “milk and cookies” break from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Guests can chat with St. Nick while staying warm in the Main Plaza Gift Shop. Photo opportunities will be available based on crowd size. Children and the young at heart will also have an opportunity to write a letter for Santa to take back to the North Pole. Zoo docents will be nearby with animal ambassadors to meet.

Those who adventure further into the Zoo will see some of their favorite animal ambassadors engaging with special holiday-themed enrichment items customized just for them by Santa’s elves. 

Animal Enrichment Schedule
(subject to change and weather permitting)

  • 10:30 a.m. – Puma/ Lynx
  • 10:30 a.m. – Birds (Indoor Islands Habitats)
  • 10:45 a.m. – Giraffe
  • 11:00 a.m. – Gorilla
  • 11:15 a.m. – Lion
  • 11:30 a.m. – Zebra
  • Noon – Amur Tiger
  • 12:15 p.m. – Komodo Dragon (Islands Pavilion)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Meerkats
  • 1:00 p.m. – Brown Bears (at Glacier Run’s Bear Alley)
  • 1:15 p.m. – Rhinos & Warthogs
  • 1:30 p.m. – Polar Bear (Glacier Run)
  • 1:45 p.m. – Camel
  • 2:00 p.m. – Elephants
  • 2:15 p.m. – Orangutan (Indoor Islands Habitat)

For an additional fee, guests can decorate cookies for $4.99 per cookie or 2 for $7.99 and grab a hot chocolate while in the Gift Shop for $3.99, or even enjoy freshly roasted s’mores for $4.99 each on the Main Plaza.

Once again, the Zoo is teaming up with Kroger and Dare to Care for Kroger Wild Winter Days to help struggling families in our community. Guests who bring at least one canned food item per person may purchase discounted tickets at the Zoo windows for $9.75 per adult and $6.75 per child/senior ticket.

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December 10, 2022
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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