I am going to let you guys in on a little secret.

I’m not a fan of winter weather. I don’t get excited about snow or falling temperatures. You’ll find me whining about how cold it is until approximately mid-March. Cold and me, we’re not friends.


Normally the idea of bundling up in my winter gear and going to a zoo in the middle of December would not be high on my “must-do” list. I mean, what can you see at the zoo in the winter that you can’t see in the summer? Right?




Indianapolis Christmas at the Zoo


I recently had an opportunity through Indy Social Media Moms to visit Christmas at the Zoo, and guess what? The Indianapolis Zoo’s Christmas at the Zoo is totally worth braving the chilly temperatures. The zoo is decked out in its finest Christmas style, and you get to see all the usual highlights of our already-awesome zoo and all the awesome attractions that go along with the holiday season.


Here were some highlights from our visit:


Our first stop any time we go to the Indianapolis Zoo is the Oceans building. My youngest loves Marine life, and my oldest really gets into the penguins:


Penguins at the Indianapolis Zoo



Next stop was the Forests section. I think I enjoyed this part the best, because some of the animals that are less active in hot weather were up and moving around. My boys loved getting up close and personal with the tiger, and seeing the bear gnawing on a huge bone.


TIger at the Indianapolis Zoo



Brown Bear at the Indianapolis Zoo



And no matter how cold it is, it’s never too cold for the carousel.


Carousel at the Indianapolis Zoo


One of the special Christmas features at Christmas at the Zoo is the real, live reindeer! Their keeper told us they only fly if you feed them magic corn.


Reindeer at Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo



The high point of the trip for my boys was the Christmas dolphin show. They absolutely loved it. The show is special for the holidays, so even if you’ve seen the dolphin show before, you’ll find new things to love.


Christmas Dolphin Show at the Indianapolis Zoo


Final verdict?


Go to Christmas at the Zoo! It’s a unique zoo experience that you can’t have any other time of year. We had a blast; the boys loved it and talked about it for days afterward. Here are all the details.


What: Christmas at the Zoo at the Indianapolis Zoo

When: NOW! 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, (Plus December 23rd and 30th) through December 29th.

(Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

Where: The Indianapolis Zoo

Christmas at the Zoo events are included with regular Zoo admissions, but some events do have an extra charge. Check out the Zoo website for more information.


Our family was provided with Zoo admission for the purposes of this post. All opinions, hatred of cold, and love of bears is my own.