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Santa Claus Returns to the El Paso Zoo

As part of the WinterFest season and ahead of his visit around the world, Santa Claus is making a special visit to the El Paso Zoo.

The visits will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12.

“Santa at the Zoo” makes a return and visitors will have an opportunity to see the jolly, holiday celebrity up and personal and take pictures.

Santa is bringing snow from the North Pole for guests to play in and treats for the zoo animals.

“After a year hiatus due to the pandemic, we’re excited to invite Santa Claus back to the El Paso Zoo so he can spread some holiday cheer,” said El Paso Zoo Director Joe Montisano. “‘Santa at the Zoo’ is a great event where visitors can take pictures with Santa but also learn all about zoo animals and the important role they play in our ecosystem.”

Visitors can play in the snow and watch the animals open gifts as part of daily enrichment. Animal enrichment is provided to animals to provide mental and physical stimulation in their daily lives.

In addition, guests can create holiday arts and crafts, listen to holiday music and more. Most activities will be available at no cost with paid admission, with the exception of giraffe feedings, the carousel and train rides.

For more information on “Santa at the Zoo” and other Zoo programming, visit the El Paso Zoo  online.