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'Christmas at the Zoo' continues at Indianapolis Zoo through Dec. 30

Posted at 11:48 AM, Dec 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-23 14:11:17-05

INDIANAPOLIS — If you're still in the holiday spirit after Christmas Day comes and goes, one place where you can get your fill of the seasonal cheer after Santa's big day is the Indianapolis Zoo.

Christmas at the Zoo continues through Thursday, Dec. 30. The annual display of lights around the 64-acre zoo was the first of its kind in the entire country.

"Our tradition goes all the way back to 1967, so we have been doing this for 53 years now," said Carla Knapp, public relations specialist at the Indianapolis Zoo.

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Christmas at the Zoo begins November 21.

While Santa will be back at the North Pole instead of at Santa's Village at the Zoo, Knapp said there is still plenty to see.

"One of our brand new activities this year is a brand new exhibit for animals," Knapp said. That is an arctic fox exhibit in our Flights of Fancy area. They are the perfect species to be out in the cold weather, so we can enjoy them at Christmas time."

Christmas at the Zoo runs from 5-9 p.m. each day, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Admission to the lights display is free with your admission to the zoo — and it's automatically free for all zoo members. You can buy tickets in advance, or you can now also buy them at the gate, as the zoo is no longer requiring reservations in advance as it had done previously during the pandemic.