Great Holiday Opportunities at the Louisville Zoo

Reminder: The Zoo is closed Thanksgiving Christmas and New Year’s Day!

Share, Care and Connect This Season.

The winter season also brings a season of caring to our community. We all want to show those around us that we appreciate them in unique and memorable ways. Let us help you find a meaningful gift to celebrate your friends and family while nurturing and protecting wildlife. Every purchase at the Zoo supports our mission to better the bond between people and our planet and reinforces your role in bringing that mission to life.

Dates: December 9–10 & 16–17, 2017
Times: 10 a.m., Noon & 2 p.m.
Special Ticket Required.
Santa is making a special stop by the Louisville Zoo and he’s bringing some of his North Pole friends along too. For more information and tickets, click here.

Special gift offer — Save $5 when you buy any gift membership now thru Dec. 31, 2017. Connect with your loved ones and with nature. A Zoo Membership provides year-round opportunities to share lots of fun — it’s your Frequent Fun Pass that enables you to partner with us to protect and care for wildlife. Click here for details on our special holiday offer.

Let the Louisville Zoo Gift Shop take you and your loved ones on an incredible wildlife adventure this holiday season. Our toys, books and unique fair- trade gift items will introduce your friends, family and little ones to a world as remarkable as they are. Admission to the Zoo is not required to shop. More about our Louisville Zoo Gift Shop plus a photo gallery!

Join us for our Dinner and Lights experience, a holiday partnership with the Louisville Mega Cavern. A reservation-only holiday dinner will be served (including a carving station) in the Louisville Zoo’s African Outpost. Following dinner and dessert you’ll receive a VIP PASS to Lights Under Louisville—one of USA Today’s 10 Great Family Light Shows—allowing your vehicle to skip the line and go right to the start of the show! For information and available dates, please visit

Polar Bear at the Louisville ZooFamily members, scouts, coworkers and more can join forces to give a gift to our precious animal ambassadors and help enrich their lives by providing items that engage them in stimulating activities. The local chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) has created an Animal Enrichment Tree. Grab a wish item from the tree to fulfill. Details…

Share your joy of animals and help nurture future animal lovers out there, all the while supporting the Louisville Zoo’s excellent animal care programs. Adoptions include a fun Certificate of Adoption, photo magnet and plush animal. Details

We all have very special people in our lives who deserve an extra special experience gift of recognition.

Spend your school breaks at the wildest camp in town! All camps include zoo walks, animal presentations, attraction rides, and up close encounters with Zoo ambassadors, plus our extended hours for parents continue through the winter! Click here for more information.

KrogerDare to CareThrough February 2018, Louisville Zoo visitors will enjoy new winter admission rates: as a part of Kroger Wild Winter Days. Bring in a canned food item to donate to Dare to Care or show your Kroger Plus Card, you can receive an additional $1.00 off an adult or child winter admission. Details

Have a wonderful holiday season!