Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo | 2022

Christmas at the Zoo

If you’re looking for a unique spin on Christmas lights and holiday fun in Indy, check out Christmas at the Zoo. This is an annual event and family favorite at the Indianapolis Zoo. Every December, we put on our winter coats and step out into the wild during the holiday season! The Indianapolis Zoo is full of sparkling, twinkling lights. It’s beautiful, and magical, and the kids always have a great time!

It’s not every night that you get to race around the zoo, checking out the animals, seeing reindeer, visiting with Santa and taking in the beautiful lights! Party with the seals and sea lions, walruses, tigers, orangutans, brown bears, and more! Warm up with some cocoa around one of the outdoor firepits or head indoors to the Oceans exhibit or the Dolphin presentation.

How Much is Admission to Christmas at the Zoo?

Christmas at the Zoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular Zoo admission. See more info and purchase tickets on the Indianapolis Zoo website.

2022 Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo

Reservations are recommended, to guarantee entry and to save you money! Tickets are often cheaper when purchased in advance online. Santa’s Village is a beautiful part of Christmas at the Zoo. Under the Bicentennial Pavilion, Santa’s Village is the centerpiece of all the holiday festivities. Here, you can encounter penguins and other winter animals, see Santa’s sleigh and reindeer, snap photos with your family, and stroll through the bright and breathtaking Polar Pathway. Enjoy the cheerful sounds of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir as they sing carols near the warm campfires and Hearth on select Saturday nights.

Do your kids need to visit the man in the red suit? There are now two locations — made possible by some Christmas magic — where you can meet Santa Claus. See Santa in his village under the Bicentennial Pavilion or head towards Flights of Fancy near the flamingos to visit “Vacation Santa.” 

A new feature at this year’s Christmas at the Zoo is the Merry and Bright Christmas Tree in front of the orangutan center. Guests can join zoo staff at 6:00 pm on select evenings for a special lighting ceremony as dusk falls across the zoo.  

When is Christmas at the Zoo?

2022’s Christmas at the Zoo begins November 19 and runs through December 30. The Indianapolis Zoo opens daily at noon. Christmas at the Zoo festivities are from 5 – 9 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and 5-10 p.m. on Friday-Saturday. The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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