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Sandra Torres, Communications Department
TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2020) 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.
Christmas in the Wild is a reservation-only event which kicks-off on Friday, November 27 and
continues for select nights through December 30.
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 hour. 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.
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. Guest can also enjoy cookie
decorating with the first lady of Christmas, as she leads classes throughout the night which
guests can either join or watch as the world’s master baker shares her craft.
Holiday Kaleidoscope: Guest will 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.
Illuminate: Santa and one of his reindeer have traveled to Africa aboard a Safari truck to greet
guests for a unique safe photo moment and unforgettable holiday memory.
Caribbean Christmas: Celebrate Christmas Caribbean style with a roaming three-piece steel
drum band. Enjoy traditional songs of the season played in a refreshing new way while enjoying
festive drinks and food from the Zoo’s new Salty Turtle bar.
Felices Días Festivos: Stroll along this path featuring the sights and sounds of the Latin culture.
Guests can also enjoy the enchantment of wildlife at night with special animal adventures
throughout the Zoo including a Sleep Tight Penguins event where guests can join in wishing our
colony a good night.
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.
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. Guests can also purchase the present that keeps on giving joy
throughout the year – a Zoo membership or an animal adoption.
• Christmas in the Wild takes place on 17 select nights from Friday, November 27- December
• Specific event dates: November 27, 28 & December 4-5, 11-12, 18-23, 26-30.
• Event starts at 4 p.m. with extended hours until 10 p.m. on event days before Christmas and
until 9pm after Christmas.
• Christmas in the Wild is a limited capacity event. Date and timed reservations are strongly
encouraged and the best way to guarantee admission.
• Enhanced health and safety precautions will be in place including non-invasive
temperatures checks, social distancing, enhanced sanitation of attractions and mask
requirements in limited outdoor locations. Additionally, all staff members including
costumed characters will wear masks.
Event admission options are available online:
• A reservation fee for annual members and “Pay for a Day, Come Back All Year” ticket
holders is $5 per person and includes a $5 voucher which can be redeemed at food and
merchandise locations on the evening of the event.
• After 4 p.m. Christmas in the Wild general guest admission tickets start at $26.95.
ZooTampa at Lowry Park is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable
organization committed to excellence in conservation, education, recreation and research. The Zoo is accredited by
the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is recognized as central Florida’s leading and most attended
zoological cultural institution. ZooTampa is an eight-time winner of the Certificate of Excellence award by
TripAdvisor (2010-2018) and is a leader in the rehabilitation and care of Florida species. The Zoo is located at 1101
W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours for select
events. For more information, visit www.zootampa.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter