Christmas at the Zoo

Christmas at the Zoo presented by CareSource will feature new experiences, more lights and more nights than ever this year. The event kicks off Nov. 20 and continues daily through Dec. 30, closed only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day. The Zoo opens at noon and Christmas at the Zoo activities go from 5-9pm, extended until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Nominated for USA Today’s 10 Best Zoo Lights for a seventh straight year, the Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the nation to start a holiday lights event back in 1967. Now in its 53rd year, more than 100,000 annual guests come to experience the beauty and wonder of the Zoo during the holiday season.

Santa’s Village is the largest recent addition to Christmas at the Zoo. Walking under a festive archway, visitors will feel like they’ve stepped inside a glittering snow globe as they discover the whimsical scene in the Bicentennial Pavilion. Guests can visit Santa’s Study presented by PNC to meet Kris Kringle or stop by Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen to see her preparing treats. New this year, Santa’s Favorite Tree presented by Twinkly will dance to the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, creating a perfect photo op for families and friends. And with a wild twist like only the Zoo can do, guests can also interact with wintertime animals, like dogs and penguins, or meet reindeer in Santa’s Barn presented by Weber Group.

  November 20, 2021–December 30, 2021
  Every day, 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
  Admission


Indianapolis Zoo

The Indianapolis Zoo is committed to global conservation and educating the community in new, exciting ways. Perfect for a family outing, stop by and see a variety of exotic, beautiful animals or attend one of the zoo's lively events! 

1200 West Washington Street
P.O. Box 22309

(317) 630-2001

Mon. - Thurs.: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fri. - Sun.: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Facility Address / Phone Amenities
IUPUI Riverwalk Garage 245 University Boulevard
Attraction Address Phone
Indy Eleven 1001 West New York Street
IU Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium 1001 West New York Street (317) 274-9749
Indiana University Natatorium 901 West New York Street (317) 274-3518

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