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! 

Louisville Zoo Members: FREE
General Public: $5 after 8 p.m.  Must be purchased at the gate.
Ticket purchase and movie night entrance from 8 – 9 p.m.

Cinema Safari returns this summer to your Louisville Zoo! Enjoy a movie under the stars at the wildest theater in town. Join us in the Oasis Field at sundown to watch your favorite family-friendly 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!

2023 Schedule

July 14 — Sing 2
August 11 —  Trolls 2: World Tour
September 1 — Ghostbusters Afterlife

Great Clips

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