Jackson Zoo Events
All events and dates are subject to change!
’12 Days of Christmas at the Jackson Zoo’
Special holiday weekends and hours
Noon-8 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Starting Friday Dec 6th and ends on Sunday Dec. 29th
Every weekend in December come and enjoy the beauty and magic of the holiday season during the 12 Days of Christmas at the Zoo. Dress warm and stop by and visit our animals that love cooler weather in the afternoons, walk the pathways covered in lights in the evenings, let the little ones stroll down Candy Cane Lane, and enjoy holiday treats and cheer with your family. You and your family can also keep warm in Santa’s Workshop (Gertrude C. Ford Education Center) and the Winter Wonderland tree display (in our aquatics building), grab some hot cocoa and join in the fun! Zoo Gift Shop for animal-themed holiday decorations and the perfect gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Be sure to also purchase your special holiday lights viewing specs!
Admission: $5.00 for all! Under age two free and Free for members!
Please note the zoo will not open until noon every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December.
Cookies with Santa
9:00 am-12:00 pm
Now a holiday tradition for the zoo, children can come out and enjoy visiting with our “zoo” Santa and bring their holiday wish list to place in Santa’s mailbox.
Children will also get to decorate their own sugar cookie to enjoy with milk. Parents bring your cameras for photos.
Regular zoo admission includes your visit with Santa.