Christmas in the Wild 2021



Christmas in the Wild

Christmas in the Wild 2021

More info coming soon!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at ZooTampa at Lowry Park with the return of Christmas in the Wild, one of Tampa’s most beloved holiday traditions. Families looking for safe holiday fun will be immersed into an outdoor seasonal adventure featuring twinkling lights, delectable holiday treats, amazing wildlife and new jolly adventures.

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Christmas in the Wild is a limited capacity event. Advance date & timed reservations are strongly encouraged and the best way to guarantee admission.

Girls play in fake snow at the Zoo
Snow queen dances around Christmas trees at night as a flurry of snow blows behind her
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Member & Pay For A Day Reservations

    • Due to the limited nature of this event, there is a $5 per person reservation fee for Members & Pay For A Day Rest of Year Free ticket holders (age 3 & older). Upon entry to the Zoo, you will be reimbursed the $5 per person reservation fee in the form of a $5 per person voucher good for dining & merchandise purchases. Reservations are the best way to guarantee entry. Please enter the event within the 30 minute window of your reservation.

Includes $5 Voucher for Food or Merchandise


Per Person
Ages 3+

General Admission Tickets

    • Due to the limited nature of this event, date & time-specific reservations are the best way to guarantee entry on the night of your choice. Please enter the event within the 30 minute window of your reservation.

      Children 2 and under are free and do not require a ticket.

Reserve the date & time of your choice
Children 2 & Under are free


Per Person
Ages 3+


This year’s event features:

Forest of Fantasy

    • A stunning forest of evergreens have taken root at ZooTampa’s Manatee Circle! Using mapped pixels and projection mapping, the trees sparkle with life showcasing two custom shows every 15 minutes. The area also features the queen of ice and snow along with her royal icing guards who are sure to entertain the youngest members of the family as they conjure up a beautiful snowstorm.

Holiday Kaleidoscope

    • Be immersed in the color and beauty of a holiday kaleidoscope. This walk-thru experience features projection mapping, lighting and immersive sound which change and rotate depicting animals, worldwide holiday celebrations and messages of hope.
Joyful child wearing Christmas tree glasses in the Holiday Kaleidoscope tunnel at ZooTampa
Dad and daughter shop for gifts at the Melitta Christmas Market

Christmas Market presented by Melitta

    • Enjoy a European marketplace featuring delicious German food and unique merchandise. The area will also feature magical meetings with Jolly St. Nick and his playful elves before they head back to the North Pole.

Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus

    • The first lady of Christmas leads cookie decorating classes throughout the night which you can either join or watch as the world’s master baker shares her craft.
Mrs Claus Cookie Decorating Show
Cute holiday peppermint mocha cupcakes with candy canes


    • Santa and one of his reindeer have traveled to Africa aboard a Safari truck to greet you for a unique safe photo moment and unforgettable holiday memory.

Felices Días Festivos

    • Stroll along this path featuring the sights and sounds of the Latin culture.

Holiday Entertainment

    • Enjoy a fun twist to your favorite Christmas songs with our “Hymn-prov” duo of carolers as they perform throughout the night in the Key West area.
Santa waves from his sleigh at the Zoo
Cute Christmas cheesecake desserts that look like little Santa hats

Holiday Gifts & More!

    • A celebration of the season is not complete without finding that special gift or taking an opportunity to give back. Holiday shopping includes unique and themed gifts that support the Zoo’s mission of conservation. You can also purchase the present that keeps on giving joy throughout the year – a Zoo Membership or an animal adoption.

Holiday Treats & Drinks

    • Christmas in the Wild also features innovative food from cranberry glazed ribs to delightful Santa cheesecake hats. Adults can add some spice to their evening with specialty drinks including a cranberry mule and The Grinch.

Sundays with Santa

    • Come to ZooTampa at Lowry Park and get your holiday pictures taken with Safari Santa!

      Sundays with Santa are not Christmas in the Wild event dates, and event tickets are not needed. You can attend Sundays with Santa with a regular daytime Zoo ticket or membership. For the safety of our performers we ask that all guests refrain from touching our performers and maintain a distance of 6ft from them at all times, which includes visits and photos with Santa.

Tickets & Reservations:

NOTE: Please do not use the daytime reservation system for your Christmas in the Wild “CITW” event reservation. You will not be admitted without a CITW reservation or event ticket. Tickets and reservations are available first-come-first-serve at and are subject to availability. Tickets/reservations are date and time specific and are valid for a single visit only on the selected CITW event night. The ticket/reservation does NOT include daytime admission.

General Admission:

You must purchase an event ticket for every member in your party except for guests 2 years of age and under, who are admitted free. On your selected date of visit, you must present your CITW ticket(s), which will be emailed to you. Prices listed are per person and do not include service fees. Not valid with any other discount.

Members & Pay For A Day, Rest of Year Free ticket holders “PFAD”:

Our Christmas in the Wild event celebrates the holiday season in an open-air environment with enhanced health, safety measures. In order to offer a magical and safe event, capacity is limited and reservations are required.

There is a $5 reservation fee for Members and Pay for a Day ticket holders, which is returned in the form of a voucher that can be used for food or merchandise purchases on the evening of the event. This reservation fee helps to ensure that guests honor their reservations and allows us to monitor capacity and allow for walk-up reservations. It has been our experience that free reservations have a no-show rate of about 50%. By instituting a small fee that’s returned upon entry in the form of a voucher, it allows us to bring this wonderful event to as many people as we can, in a safe and efficient manner while removing any uncertainty of entry for our valued Members and Pay for a Day ticket holders.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we want to make sure you have the best and safest experience possible.

Member and PFAD Dining/Merchandise Vouchers:

Vouchers are valid only on the date of your CITW reservation and are not valid during daytime hours. Vouchers may not be used for photo purchases, caricatures, face painting, or letter painting. The $5 vouchers must be used in a single transaction. No change or credit will be given. Multiple vouchers may be used in a single transaction. Vouchers have no cash value.

Safety Protocols:

Enhanced health and safety precautions will be in place including non-invasive temperature checks, social distancing, enhanced sanitation of attractions and mask requirements in limited indoor locations. Additionally, all staff members including costumed characters will wear masks.

For the safety of our performers we ask that all guests refrain from touching our performers and maintain a distance of 6ft from them at all times, which includes visits and photos with Santa.

Arrival information:

Please do not arrive before your ticketed time; you will not be admitted entry to the park before your ticketed time, or on any other date than the event night selected. No readmission. Please enter the event within the 30 minute window of your reservation.

Date Changes, Ticket/Reservation Cancellations, Weather:

CITW is a rain or shine event. Tickets and reservations are non-refundable. Operating hours, products, attractions, services, and schedules are subject to change without notice. CITW may be cancelled due to weather that poses a safety hazard. Guests will be notified via the email provided during the reservation/ticketing process of any changes to event scheduling. Due to the limited nature of this event, no changes can be made to your tickets/reservations within 72 hours of your scheduled event date/time. Rescheduling is subject to availability. To make a change to your ticket/reservation, please request a reservation change using this form or call 813-935-8552 ext. 0 at least 72 hours before your scheduled event date/time.


This is a limited attendance event. Date and time-specific tickets and reservations are the only way to guarantee admission. Please make your reservation or purchase your ticket before arriving to the Zoo. Walk-Ups will only be accepted if the event date is not sold out.