Celebrate the holidays with exciting events at Zoo Miami

zoo-miami-christmasThis holiday season Zoo Miami is hosting a variety of exciting and fun activities for everyone.

Guests can enjoy thousands of beautiful animal-shaped lights and dazzling tree lights as they stroll the zoo during the nine nights of Zoo Lights; they can enjoy a Holiday Breakfast with the Zoo Squad, and watch the animals open their specially prepared gifts during Holiday Gifts for the Animals.

The zoo’s glorious grounds come to light for nine brilliant nights during Zoo Lights, Dec. 20-30 (excludes Dec. 24-25) from 7 to 10 p.m. (ticket booths close at 9:30 p.m.). Guests can enjoy thousands of bright animal-shaped lights along the walkways, listen to wonderful holiday music, sip hot chocolate, munch on delicious cookies, take a spin on the carousel, “ice skate,” and have your picture taken with Santa.

General admission is only $5 per person plus tax. Included with admission is a pair of 3D glasses, which will make the Zoo Lights experience even more engaging and amusing. Food, beverages, carousel rides, “ice skating,” and photos with Santa are all available at additional costs.

Guests interested in celebrating the holidays at the zoo can also attend a Holiday Breakfast with the Zoo Squad on Dec. 21, 8-9:30 a.m. In addition to photos with the Zoo Squad mascots, Gigi the giraffe and Kaz the rhino, guests can start their day right with an allyou- can-eat hot breakfast that includes an assortment of fresh fruit juices, coffee, tea, eggs, sausage, bacon, country style potatoes, and fruit.

Holiday Breakfast with the Zoo Squad admission includes zoo admission, parking, an all day pass for the monorail and an all-youcan- eat hot breakfast. General admission is $24.95 plus tax per adult; $22.95 plus tax per child age 3-12. Zoo members are $19.95 plus tax per adult; $17.95 plus tax per child. Children ages 2 and under are free.

To make a reservation and purchase tickets, go to shop.zoomiami. org, call Group Sales at 305- 251-0400, ext. 84993 or 84951 or email <zoogroupsales@miamidade. gov>.

Included with admission, Holiday Gifts for the Animals takes place on select days in December, including Christmas Day. Visitors will be entertained watching the animals joyfully open holiday gifts prepared by zookeepers and volunteers. Check the website for exact dates, times and description.

On your way out, stop at the gift shop and find that perfect gift for that perfect someone.

Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St. General zoo admission is $15.95/adult and $11.95/child (3-12) plus tax. Children under 3, zoo members and parking are free. Zoo Lights and Holiday Breakfast with the Zoo Squad are special events with separate admission prices. To save time, buy your tickets online at shop.zoomiami.org. Zoo Miami’s regular hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m.

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