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A very special thanks to everyone that visited Reindeer Romp!

Don’t Miss L.A.’s Wildest Holiday Tradition!

Reindeer Romp!

Don’t Miss L.A.’s Wildest Holiday Tradition!

Reindeer Romp!

Event Snapshot

November 18 –January 8
(closed Christmas Day)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free with paid Zoo admission
or GLAZA membership

Real reindeer are back in town and making the L.A. Zoo their home for the holidays!

Visit them in Reindeer Village daily, where you’ll also find enchanting photo ops and fascinating facts about Santa’s favorite furry friends.

Weekends offer a flurry of additional fun, with special entertainment and activities including:

  • Magic, music and hilarity with Swazzle’s Holiday Extravaganza Puppet Show
  • Ice carving demonstrations courtesy of Troubled Ice (Saturdays)
  • Holiday songs from The Beverly Belles (Sundays)
  • Craft station with make-your-own antlers
  • Reindeer keeper talks
  • Holiday presents for the animals
  • And photos with Santa (for an additional fee)

See below for full event schedule.

All activities except Santa photos are free for members and with paid admission.

Join in the #ReindeerNames!

Thanks to everyone who entered our contest to find names for the adorable baby reindeer. Winners will be announced soon!


Daily Reindeer Games, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Real reindeer on display
  • Fun reindeer facts
  • Holiday photo ops

Weekend Romps

  • Professional photos with Santa for a nominal fee. Prices vary by package. Available 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on weekends through Dec 18.
  • Holiday crafts in Reindeer Village 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Reindeer keeper talks in Reindeer Village at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
  • “Gifts” for the animals (see below for animals, dates and times)

Saturdays at the Snowflake Stage

Sundays at the Snowflake Stage

Reindeer Romp Gift and Baby 2015 (Photo by Jamie Pham)

Holiday Gifts for the Animals

Lion with a Present

Our animals are getting into the seasonal fun with “presents” of their own, which are part of our enrichment program. Enrichment activities are offered throughout the year and promote the physical and mental wellbeing of our animal residents by encouraging natural behaviors. During Reindeer Romp, see your favorite animals enjoy special enrichment treats at 11 a.m. (unless otherwise noted) on the dates listed.

Enrichment Activities

All enrichment activities happen at 11 a.m., unless otherwise noted

Saturday, November 19: Orangutans
Sunday, November 20: Lions
Saturday, November 26: Chimpanzees
Sunday, November 27: Jaguars
Saturday, December 2: Gorillas
Sunday, December 4: Black bear
Saturday, December 10: Orangutans
Sunday, December 11: Tigers
Saturday, December 17: Chimpanzees
Sunday, December 18: Elephants at 11:45 a.m. in Thai Pavilion
Saturday, December 24: Gorillas
Saturday, December 31: Orangutans
Sunday, January 1: Tigers
Saturday, January 7: Gorillas
Sunday, January 8: Elephants at 11:45 a.m. in Thai Pavilion

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