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Frequently Asked Questions About Christmas in the Wild

November 25-26, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-23 and 26-30 • Open til 10 p.m.

The traditions of Christmas will be abundant at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo this holiday season! Be immersed in a festival of lights shining brightly. Encounter amazing animals at night, enjoy Christmas carolers and live entertainment, and marvel at the skills of artisans. Sample holiday treats and seasonal refreshments at our Christmas Lodge. Visit Santa, and have a merry and memorable evening at this magical holiday event in the unique setting of the Zoo at night.

How can I purchase tickets?

Christmas in the Wild is included with Annual Zoo Membership and the ZooperPass (pay for a day, come back all year tickets).

After 4 p.m. tickets to the seasonal events will also be available at the gate and online.

Do Zoo Annual Members get discounts?

Christmas in the Wild is included at no extra cost!

Are tickets available the day of the event?

YES! After 4 p.m. tickets to the seasonal events will also be available at the gate and online if you do not already have your ZooperPass or membership.

Will the animals be out?

All animal areas will be open, pending weather and other circumstances, besides the Florida Boardwalk. Please visit before 5 p.m. to see the Florida animals, including manatees, stingrays, black bears and more! In addition, Animal Ambassadors will have scheduled mingles in select locations.

Will I get to meet Santa?

Yes! Santa will be in his Treetop Lodge every night of Christmas in the Wild.

What items are prohibited at the event?

The following items are not permitted to be brought into the Zoo at any time for the safety of our animals and guests: weapons, knives, any type of sharp objects, hazardous items or materials, coolers, straws and lids. In addition, for this event, items such as chairs, blankets and cups are not allowed. Above items will need to be surrendered at the Zoo entrance or returned to the owner’s car. Please note that all bags, backpacks and personal items are subject to inspection prior to entering the park. Guests are not permitted to leave Zoo grounds with alcoholic beverages.

Is smoking permitted?

The Zoo has designated smoking areas for cigarettes, e-cigarettes and cigars. Please be aware of these areas which have been specifically selected to minimize impact to other guests and animals.

What is the dress for the event?

The event is a casual, held outdoors, therefore susceptible to both the heat and a passing shower.

Are children allowed to attend?

Children are always welcome at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.

What happens if it rains the day of the event?

Christmas in the Wild takes place rain or shine. Any changes to this policy will be posted on the Zoo’s website. If the event is postponed due to unforeseen weather closure, tickets will be honored for the future date.

What happens in severe weather?

Zoo staff will closely monitor radar to be aware of potential bad weather before and during the event. If severe weather occurs, activities will be suspended for the safety of all participants to seek shelter.

Still have questions about Christmas in the Wild?

Email or call 813-935-8552 ext. 329.

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

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

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  • 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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