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Winter Wild Weekends at the L.A. Zoo

Children making crafts

Event Snapshot

November 30 – December 22

Saturdays and Sundays

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

All activities except Santa photos are free for members and with paid admission.  Programming subject to change. The Zoo is closed on December 25.

Introducing a “new breed” of holiday fun!

This season, join us for a wildly unique holiday gift and sustainability fair, produced in partnership with the creative minds at Odd Market.

Winter Wild Weekends feature hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items available for purchase, eco workshops and kids’ craft activities, live music, snow flurries twice daily, treats for select animals, and, of course, photos with Santa (for an additional fee). All activities except Santa photos are free for Zoo members and with paid admission.

Time spent with family and friends is the greatest holiday gift of all. Make the most of it with this delightful daytime outing that’s less about consumerism and more about connecting – with each other, with local crafters, and with nature and wildlife.

Child enjoying "snow"

Winter Wild Weekend activities (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

  • Gift bazaar featuring expertly curated local crafters
  • Two 30-minute sustainable living workshops per day (time TBA)
  • Live music throughout the day
  • Eco crafting station
  • Holiday presents for the animals (see schedule below)
  • Snowfall twice daily in the Holiday Village at Eucalyptus Grove, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Photos with Santa (for an additional fee) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Programming subject to change. The Zoo is closed on December 25.

Tiger with "candy cane"

Holiday Treats for the Animals

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 Winter Wild Weekends, see your favorite animals enjoy special enrichment treats. Schedule Below.

Event Partner

Odd Market Logo

Enrichment Schedule

All presentations at 11 a.m.

November 30: Sumatran tigers

December 1: Asian elephants at Thai Pavilion

December 7: Goats at Muriel’s Ranch

December 8: Wombats at Australia House

December 14: Bornean orangutans

December 15: Red river hogs

December 21: Takins

December 22: Snow leopards

Details subject to change.

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