Final Likelihood to Go to Santa on the Cincinnati Zoo


See Santa this week earlier than he leaves for the North Pole  

CINCINNATI (December 21, 2023) –   Santa remains to be making a listing and is checking it twice earlier than heading again to the North Pole to ship presents to all the good girls and boys.  He will likely be out there for visits at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard’s PNC Competition of Lights by means of December 23.   Mrs. Claus additionally departs after the 23rd.

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“Earlier than leaving Cincinnati, Santa made a number of deliveries to animals that had been particularly good this yr,” mentioned Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard. “It’s the primary vacation season for a number of the animals on his checklist, together with possum Opal, porcupette Violet, and sloth Juno. They loved the treats and enrichment that Santa gave them.”

Santa additionally stopped by Hippo Cove to offer the Zoo’s well-known hippo bloat some edible presents.  Fritz was a bit shy final yr when Santa stopped by however has gained quite a lot of confidence, and weight, since then. The hippos loved their watermelons and Santa-shaped frozen treats.  Pink panda Lin loved treats from Santa this yr together with her favourite, apples, and a papier mâché enrichment giftbox!

PNC Competition of Lights, which was simply voted Greatest Zoo Lights by USA TODAY’s readers for the sixth yr in a row, will likely be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and can reopen on Tuesday, December 26.  It runs by means of January 7, 2024.

“There’s nonetheless a lot to take pleasure in after Santa leaves,” mentioned Maynard.  “It’s an awesome alternative for many who obtain memberships as a vacation present to return out and see why PNC Competition of Lights is the most effective!  It’s additionally an awesome vacation spot for households that wish to ring within the New Yr earlier than midnight!”

The Zoo’s Blissful Zoo Yr celebration, powered by Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Honda Sellers, presents a kid-friendly, early countdown at 8 p.m. and likewise consists of video games, glow goodies, and a DJ to get folks dancing.

The spectacular lights are the principle attraction throughout PNC Competition of Lights. Guests coming to see animals ought to come earlier within the day or go to indoor habitats equivalent to World of the Insect, Manatee Springs, and Evening Hunters in the course of the night hours.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard opens each day at 10 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursdays and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays throughout PNC Competition of Lights. The brand new electrical prepare and carousel begin operating each day at 2:30 p.m.   For extra info go to