Santa's Summer Safari July 23 & 24 10 am - 2pm

Santa’s Summer Safari

Santa is on summer vacation and he’s making a stop at your Zoo!

This July, come celebrate Santa’s Summer Safari at the Zoo! We’ll be showing holiday-themed movies during Friday evenings at Cinema Safari, July 15 and 29. Then, join us on July 23 – 24 for Santa’s Summer Safari Weekend with LIVE ice sculpture demonstrations, holiday enrichment for the animals and games for kids. Plus, meet Santa himself!



Experience holiday classics on a huge, outdoor screen! 

Great ClipsOasis Field opens at 8 p.m.
Movie starts at sundown.
Enjoy a movie under the stars at the wildest theater in town. Watch your favorite movies on our giant inflatable screen. Snacks and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Don’t forget to pack your blanket or lawn chairs!

Enjoy the quiet sights and sounds as the animals settle in for the night, then join us in the field at 8 p.m. for this family-favorite film. Don’t forget to visit the Great Clips table in front of the Zoo for some cool swag!

Many animals not be viewable during your evening visit as they adhere to their normal nightly routine and retire to their indoor spaces. Attractions like the Glacier Run Splash Park, ropes course, and animal feeding/ interaction attractions will close at their normal time.

Movie nights are FREE to Zoo members and admission is only $5 after 5 p.m. for non-members (plus parking fee). Ticket purchase and movie night entrance until 8:30 p.m.

July 15 – Christmas Vacation (PG-13)
July 29 – Elf

Click here for our full list of Movie Nights


July 23 and 24; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Head over to the Zoo for winter-themed fun including holiday enrichment for the animals and games for kids. You can even meet Santa himself!

Cool off with water-based games. Do you want to build a snow man? Participate in our special “build a snowman” obstacle course, “elf fishin’ hole” activity and more!

Take a break in between the games and head over to our craft station. Build a pipe cleaner palm tree, tissue paper suncatcher and more. Crafts while supplies last. Santa will be on site at the Zoo and available for pictures from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (with periodic breaks, of course — it is his vacation!) Remind Santa how good you’ve been so far this year! There’s more frosty fun with LIVE ice sculpting at Noon on both days with Kentucky sculptor Matt Stoddart. A few of the sculptures will be given to animals for refreshing, icy enrichment.



Spread a little holiday cheer and build your very own holiday themed crafts! Create a one of a kind pipe cleaner palm tree ornament to hang on a tree. Or, build a colorful window cling that catches the sunlight. Our crafts are designed for guests all ages to enjoy! Our two crafts will be available to build at our craft station. Need to beat the heat? Take home your craft in a to-go kit and build with family. Crafts available while supplies last. Experience the magic of the season and create long-lasting memories! View our craft instructions below.

Palm Tree Ornament Instructions

Window Cling Instructions