Philadelphia Zoo Hosts Annual Zoo Noel Holiday Celebration

For three weekends in December, visit the Zoo as Santa Claus travels the globe on a wildlife encounter like no other

PHILADELPHIA, PA-- (November 21, 2013) — Philadelphia Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland as Santa Claus travels to exotic places around the globe for Zoo Noel, a three-weekend-long holiday celebration from November 30-December 1, December 7-8 and December 14-15 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.. Be a part of the festivities and fun as you encounter unique scenes showcasing life-size replicas of Mr. Claus as he explores his role in the rainforest, the outback, the arctic, home on the farm and on safari.
At Zoo Noel you can visit the holiday hot chocolate bar, with delicious hot chocolate available for purchase, and stop by the Little Elves’ Gift Shop, all while watching a real-life Santa feed some of your favorite Zoo animals. You can  meet Santa live in the Treehouse when he stops by to spread holiday cheer and listen to all of your holiday wishes each day at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Bring a holiday card for your favorite animal and Santa’s helpers will hand-deliver your greeting that day. Ring in the season as you enjoy the red pandas exploring, the tigers pouncing, the polar bears frolicking and First Niagara Big Cat Falls’ newest cubs – snow leopards, Buck and Ranney -- enjoying the season’s crisp winter air. 

“Zoo Noel is a fun, unique way for us to be a part of all of the wonderful holiday activities throughout Philadelphia. It gives our guests a reason to come visit their favorite animals during a season when the Zoo may not be the first place they think to spend the day,” says Amy Shearer, Chief Marketing Officer, Philadelphia Zoo. “This event is certainly a favorite among zoo-goers, and this year is shaping up to be a tremendous turnout once again.”

Zoo Noel is included in Zoo admission and is sure to delight. For more information or to purchase tickets visit
America's first zoo and one of the region's foremost conservation organizations, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. The Philadelphia region’s leading family destination, the Zoo welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors last year. The Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To become a member, donate or to purchase tickets please visit