Event Overview

Join us for 2013 Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union at the Indianapolis Zoo at White River State Park!


Activities and entertainment include:


Stop By to See Santa

  • Santa’s Workshop presented by Chick-fil-A features free visits with Santa (great photo packages available*)
  • Cookie decorating* with Mrs. Claus in Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen
  • Letters to Santa

Holiday Lights

  • All-A-Glow Light Show
  • Lights throughout zoo grounds


  • Holiday-themed Dolphin Shows
  • Four animal keeper chats

Carolers (before Christmas)

  • Performances by local school choirs (at Café on the Commons)
  • Traditional carolers singing around the back campfire

TIP:  Come ready to request your favorite holiday songs!

Find the Mistletoe

TIP:  Not all mistletoe(s) need to be found in order to register.

Delicious Christmas Treats*

  • Santa’s Sweet Shop takes over the Outpost in the middle of the Zoo with over-sized gourmet rice crispy treats, freshly baked cinnamon rolls and cookies, as well as homemade fudge and brownies
  • Santa’s First Stop snack stop on the main path near the Entry Plaza
  • Whistle Stop snack stop across from the train ride
  • Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen snack stop in White River Gardens
  • Zoo fare served at Café on the Commons

TIP:  The purchase of a “Cup of Cheer” early in your visit can be worth its weight in gold.  Get your cup refilled all night long with free hot drinks at any food service location!

Memorable Holiday Photo Ops*

  • Front Gate as you enter
  • Santa in Santa’s Toy Shop at White River Gardens
  • Sleigh in Oceans

TIP:  Think you’re too old for a photo with Santa?  The sleigh in Oceans can fit grown adults and is great for group photos!


TIP: Coming back next year?  Ticket packages are valid for a full year, so you can use a few now and save a few for later!

Great Gifts*

  • Shop the Indianapolis Zoo Gift Shop for amazing animal-themed holiday decorations and the perfect gifts for everyone on your shopping list.  Find apparel, home décor, plush animals, books, games, and more!

* Requires additional fee.


Admission & Discounts:

  • Christmas at the Zoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular off-season admission.

TIP:  Donatos will also deliver tickets with your pizza order at no extra charge!


Event location in the Park include:  Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens at White River State Park


Check-in and visit at http://IndyZoo.com for more information.