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Christmas - Press Release
Oct 31, 2016

ALL-NEW ILLUMINATED CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE AT TAMPA'S LOWRY PARK ZOO

For 19 delightful nights, enjoy a merry and memorable evening with this unique, but traditional holiday event in the special setting of the Zoo at night.
Christmas Shines Brighter at the Zoo, Starting November 25


TAMPA, Fla. (October 31, 2016)
–Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is transforming into a world of winter wonder for our brand new Christmas in the Wild event! For 19 delightful nights, enjoy a merry and memorable evening with this unique, but traditional holiday event in the special setting of the Zoo at night. From the sights of stunning lights, the seasonal smells of holiday treats, the excitement of festive entertainment and the magic of wildlife at night, Christmas in the Wild will offer guests of all ages a uniquely immersive holiday experience.

“Christmas in the Wild will bring out the very best of the holiday season, combined with activities only our Zoo can offer including new and engaging wild encounters, and newly illuminated exhibit areas of the Zoo for later animal mingles late into the evening. The Zoo will be filled with countless ways to make unforgettable connections this Christmas,” said CEO Joe Couceiro. Later hours mean guests can meet a charismatic colony of African penguins and a number of other spectacular animals, like elephants and giraffes, under the starry night sky.

More merriment awaits with returning family favorites like free, costume characters, nightly performers, carolers, photo opportunities with Santa and his elves, a signature Christmas tree, tasty holiday treats, festive music and wild gifts at the holiday shop.

Christmas in the Wild will take place Friday and Saturdays November 25-26, December 2-3, 9-10, and nightly 16-23 and 26-30. The Zoo will remain open until 10 p.m. A variety of admission options are available online or at the Zoo’s front gate:

  • Pay for a day - and visit the rest of this year - and all of 2017  
  • Free and unlimited entry for Annual Zoo Members;
  • Purchase a special “after 4 pm” ticket on event days for $21.95 (ages 3 and up).

‘Tis the season of giving, and by attending Christmas in the Wild, guests are helping to support the Zoo, a nonprofit organization committed to excellence in education, conservation, animal care and recreation. Guests can also consider giving the gift of a Zoo membership to friends and family this holiday season. 

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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