Santa Claus is coming to town and you can find him at Binder Park Zoo during ZooLights.  This winter festival and fundraising event will run December 18th – 23rd from 5:00pm – 8:00pm every night.  The jolly man himself will make special appearances each evening of ZooLights and during the Zoo’s “Dinner with Santa” event being held December 18th – 23rd.  The cost to attend ZooLights is $4 for Members and $5 for Non-members.  Children under 2 years of age get in FREE! To attend Dinner with Santa you must pre-register at
In addition to Santa, ZooLights will feature beautiful lighted pathways, nightly entertainment, FREE unlimited carousel rides, up-close animal meet and greets, seasonal holiday refreshments, special activities, and holiday stories by Grandma Claus. Some of the Zoo’s weather-hardy animals also will be on exhibit enjoying the winter season. (Please note:  Wild Africa will be closed.) 
Binder Park Zoo
Binder Park Zoo
New this year is the festival of trees; trees are decorated by area businesses and non-profit organizations on the Smith Amphitheater lawn.  On December 22nd,  a Disney Holiday Sing Along movie will be hosted by Princess Elsa! Stay tuned to the Zoo’s FaceBook page for more event announcements!
Back again this year is “Walking in a Wetland Wonderland” guided tours, which take guests along portions of the Zoo’s Swamp Adventure.  Participants will enjoy the winter season while looking for signs of animal life and learning about what native animals do to prepare for winter. Walks are free and will last approximately 30 minutes. *Walks are not stroller or wheelchair accessible.  If interested in these free tours happening during ZooLights, plan to meet at the bear exhibit at the following dates and times:
12/18 – 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30pm
12/20 – 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30
12/23 – 6:30
Dinner with Santa
Make your ZooLights visit extra special by having Dinner with Santa! Enjoy a delicious home-style dinner and exclusive time with Santa. Participants of “Dinner with Santa” will visit with Santa from 5-6 p.m. Dinner will be served promptly at 5:00pm and will continue until 6:30pm.  Once you’re full of good food and good times, head on out to enjoy the sites and activities of ZooLights. Dinner with Santa includes admission to ZooLights and costs $15 for children and $20 for adults. Dinner with Santa runs December 19th-23rd and tickets are limited so make sure to register online at

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