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Now through December 30 • Open til 10 p.m.

Now through December 16-23 and 26-30• Open til 10 p.m. 

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.


Santa_CITWSanta’s Coming to the Zoo

Meet the big guy in red in a whole new setting! Find Santa at his Treetop Loge and create a memory you could never forget. Read More.

NEW! Now offering Santa reservations! Learn more here.

JOLLY UPDATE: Santa has left for the North Pole, but the elves are still causing mischief! Join the fun here.

Animal_CITWWild Encounters and Enrichments

Experience an up-close encounter with an animal ambassador or watch the animals get into the Christmas spirit with seasonal enrichments! Click here to view more.

Dance_CITWA Surprise Around Every Corner

Become enchanted by an Ice Princess, jump around with Tumbling Elves or sing along with carolers – there’s festive fun all throughout the Zoo! Click here.

food_CITWHoliday Dining For All

Enhance your Christmas in the Wild experience with a Holiday Dining Plan. Sample a wide variety of seasonal flavors and refreshments the whole family will love!

Up to a $50 savings off retail prices AND members save even more! Click here to learn more.

citw-map-schedule-01Holiday Guide

Click on the map for a closer look at entertainment and happenings around the Zoo!

Zoo Members FREE

Members receive:

  • Unlimited visits for 12 months! 
  • Free entry to:
    - Christmas in the Wild
    - Dinos Alive!
    - Sunset Celebration
    - Creatures of the Night
  • Special savings on dining
  • Individual Plus$79
  • Dual Plus$119
  • Family Plus$159
  • Guest add-on$40
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Pay For A Day, Come Back All Year!
  • Adults $32.95
  • Children (3-11) $24.95

After 4PM Ticket

Just in town for the evening? Visit after 4PM for just $22.95 (event nights only).

  • Adults $22.95
  • Children (3-11) $22.95
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Holiday Dining Plans

Couples Dining Plan
Family Dining Plan


Click here for additional details and frequently asked questions about Christmas in the Wild.

Supported By


  • Tampa Bay City Pass
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums
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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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