Christmas in the Wild

Select Nights in November & December
After 4 p.m.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… as ZooTampa at Lowry Park transforms into a world of holiday cheer for Christmas in the Wild! The event celebrates its fourth year as one of Tampa Bay’s most beloved holiday traditions. From the stunning sights of thousands of twinkling lights, delectable seasonal holiday treats and refreshments, to the wonder and enchantment of wildlife at night – Christmas in the Wild will offer guests of all ages a whimsical holiday experience.

Meet Santa

Reserve your time slot to meet with Santa - included with admission or membership! Enjoy the rest of the Zoo while you wait to tell him all your Christmas wishes this year. Everyone wants to meet the big guy in red - all guests must reserve a time slot to visit with Santa. 

Reservations are required to visit with Santa. Reservations must be made in person at the Zoo on the day of your visit. Members can begin making reservations an hour early - starting at 3pm! Member time slots will begin at 4pm. All guests can begin making reservations at 4pm and all time slots will begin at 5pm.
Reservation Details

50-foot Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas tree, oh 50-foot animated Christmas tree! Explore the Zoo at night as thousands of Christmas lights shine throughout.

Animal Mingles

Enjoy the wild magic of Christmas and animals at night, featuring animal mingles and enrichment throughout the night!

Seasonal Treats

Enjoy merry treats like the Sugar Plum Fairy Float, spiked hot chocolate and peppermint churros!

After 4pm Tickets

Only $24.95

Christmas in the Wild event admission is included in single day Zoo tickets and annual membership. Pay for a Day Get the Rest of 2018 ticket holders can enjoy the event for free - excluding the blockout dates Nov. 23-Nov. 25 & Dec. 26-Dec. 31. After 4 pm Admission is only $24.95 a person!

ZooTampa Holiday Photo Mini Sessions

The Zoo is thrilled to debut holiday photo mini sessions - with a wild twist. Families have the chance to pose with an iconic Zoo animal. Sessions include a professional photographer and 10 digital photo images. Zoo admission not included. Families are limited to 6 persons and session must be purchased by 5:00pm the day before your desired session. Please note that the sessions in Santa's Village will not feature an animal. 

Book your session NOW – new sessions added will sell out fast!

Only $95 for Non-members & $75 for Zoo Members! 

Llama & Pony Sessions - SOLD OUT


Thursdays & Sundays

Santa's Village

3:00pm to 3:20pm
3:25pm to 3:45pm
3:50pm to 4:10pm
4:15pm to 4:35pm
4:40pm to 5:00pm
5:05pm to 5:25pm


New Giraffe Sessions Added - November 19-21!

8:15am to 8:45am
9:00am to 9:30am

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Give The Wildest Gifts This Year!

Annual Membership

Your loved ones will love a year full of wild fun! From Individual Plus to Family Plus, there are multiple memberships fit for everyone.


What is better than the gift of unlimited beer, wine, spirits AND food? Give the gift of a ticket to ZooBrews this year! (Hint: It'll be a wildly fun date night or GNO!)


Symbolically adopt an animal for your loved one! Every animal at the Zoo is available for symbolic adoption - from the smallest iguana to the largest elephant!

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