Christmas at the Zoo Lights Up the Night

Lions and tigers and reindeer, oh my! Celebrate the holidays with some exotic animals this season. Christmas at the Zoo at the Indianapolis Zoo in Indianapolis downtown opens December 4, 2009, and offers an other worldly holiday experience. See the bright lights, enjoy the fun activities and say Happy Holidays to the hippopotamuses. Your Indianapolis kids will love this unique holiday experience. Running from December 4th through December 30, 2009.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas this month at the Indianapolis Zoo. From 5:00 to 9:00 pm every day this month, celebrate Christmas at the Zoo, closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. During the day enjoy the new exhibit Woodland Wonderland inside the Hilbert Conservatory at the Gardens. And then at 5:00 pm the holiday fun begins. This Indianapolis event is free to Indianapolis Zoo members, $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids age two to twelve and seniors sixty-two and over. Parking is $5.00. Receive one dollar of the price of admission by bringing a some warm weather gear to donate to St. Mary’s Children Center.

This year Christmas at the Zoo will be brighter and greener than ever this year. The staff of the Indianapolis Zoo is in the process of changing the lights on thousands of trees and in hundreds of displays to the LED equivalent. That means the lights not only last longer and burn brighter, but they are better for the environment. These innovative lights use only 4 watts per hour compared to the 300 watts per hour used by regular strand lights.

When dusk falls, the LED lights will do their job, creating a wonderful, magical and peaceful place to reflect on the season. Share some quality time with your family as you get the chance to see the cold weather animals in their element. Seals, sea lions, polar bears, walrus, tigers and bears are all more likely to be visible as the weather chills out. In addition, check out all the indoor exhibits, which remain open for Christmas at the Zoo.

There are tons of fun activities at Christmas at the Zoo. Meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at the North Pavilion. Decorate and eat delicious cookies. Work on your letter to Santa, and put your Christmas wishes and blessings on the special Zoo Christmas tree. And for a special treat, visit Santa’s Sweet Shop for some gourmet goodies. Then sing some carols as you head over the Holiday Train Ride. On top of all of this, animal caretakers will be out and about hosting special chats and a Holiday dolphin show.

All new this year at Christmas at the Zoo, do not miss the simulator that features an amazing 4D adventure. Share the story of The Polar Express, in which a young boy visits the North Pole on Christmas Eve and meets Santa. Based on the animated film with Tom Hanks, this adventure last about twenty minutes. Timed tickets are required and available for purchase at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Located on the White River near the Canal Walk, the Indianapolis Zoo is neighbor to tons of great Indianapolis attractions. With the Indiana State Museum and IMAX theatre downtown just down the road, and the Circle City Lights in the heart of Indianapolis downtown, their is plenty of holiday fun to be had this season in Indy. For more information about Christmas at the Zoo, visit the Indianapolis Zoo’s website.

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Christmas at the Zoo
December 4-30, 2009

The Indianapolis Zoo
1200 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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