Black Friday Weekend

Come to the Zoo over Black Friday weekend and leave with your stockings stuffed! We have gift memberships, gift cards, and member specials. And while you’re here, be sure to meet Jingles the Reindeer, snap a photo with Santa, and ring in the holiday season.

Friday, November 29

Black Friday Weekend Special at the Zoo!

Purchase a gift membership, gift card, or spend $25 or more in the gift shop November 29-December 1, and receive a complimentary Minnesota Zoo ornament! Valid at the Zoo only, while supplies last.

Members Shop-a-Thon Weekend November 29-December 1, 9am-11am

Come to the Zoo over Black Friday weekend and leave with your stockings stuffed! Members receive 25 percent off all regular priced merchandise. Morning refreshments will be available first come first serve.  Become a Member today!

School’s Out Black Friday Camps

School may be out, but the Zoo is in! Give your kids a window to the natural world by signing up for a special, one-day camp session.

Sign up now for Preschool/Kindergarten session

Sign up now for Grades 1-3 session

Meet “Jingles” 10 am – 2 pm

“Jingles” and his reindeer friends celebrate the season in Celebration Plaza.

Reindeer Keeper Talks 11 am and 1 pm

Do reindeer really fly? Learn more about “Jingles” and his herd of friends with a Minnesota Zoo zookeeper in Celebration Plaza.

Santa at the Zoo 11 am – 3 pm; Penguin Café Lobby

Santa has arrived! Bring your camera and wish list and enjoy a special Saturday with Santa.

Saturday, November 30

Black Friday Weekend Special at the Zoo!

Purchase a gift membership, gift card, or spend $25 or more in the gift shop November 29-December 1, and receive a complimentary Minnesota Zoo ornament! Valid at the Zoo only, while supplies last.

Members Shop-a-Thon Weekend November 29-December 1, 9 am-11 am

Come to the Zoo over Black Friday weekend and leave with your stockings stuffed! Members receive 25 percent off all regular priced merchandise. Morning refreshments will be available first come first serve.  Become a Member today!

Meet “Jingles” 10 am – 2 pm

“Jingles” and his reindeer friends celebrate the season in Celebration Plaza.

Reindeer Keeper Talks 11 am and 1 pm

Do reindeer really fly? Learn more about “Jingles” and his herd of friends with a Minnesota Zoo zookeeper in Celebration Plaza.

Santa at the Zoo 11:30 am – 3 pm; Penguin Café Lobby

Santa has arrived! Bring your camera and wish list and enjoy a special Saturday with Santa.

Sunday, December 1

Black Friday Weekend Special at the Zoo!

Purchase a gift membership, gift card, or spend $25 or more in the gift shop November 29-December 1, and receive a complimentary Minnesota Zoo ornament! Valid at the Zoo only, while supplies last.

Members Shop-a-Thon Weekend November 29-December 1, 9 am-11 am

Come to the Zoo over Black Friday weekend and leave with your stockings stuffed! Members receive 25 percent off all regular priced merchandise. Morning refreshments will be available first come first serve.  Become a Member today!

Meet “Jingles” 10 am – 2 pm

“Jingles” and his reindeer friends celebrate the season in Celebration Plaza.

Reindeer Keeper Talks 11 am and 1 pm

Do reindeer really fly? Learn more about “Jingles” and his herd of friends with a Minnesota Zoo zookeeper in Celebration Plaza.

December Holiday Events

Be merry at the Minnesota Zoo! Enjoy the season with Santa, reindeer, and holiday fun for the whole family. Special holiday weekend events, breakfast with Santa, Adult Chill Out, carolers, holiday crafts, camps, and more. Register for an event today!

Thursday, December 5

Adult Chill Out 4:30 – 9 pm

Eat, drink, and be merry at the Minnesota Zoo! This 18+ event celebrates everything winter in a cheerful and snowy way.

Register today

 

 

Saturday, December 7

Members-only Breakfast with Santa 9 – 10:30 am - SOLD OUT
Enjoy an early morning breakfast in the Call of the Wild restaurant and visit with Santa! Crafts, coloring, an animal meet and greet, and gift for each child creates a holiday morning to remember.

Members buy tickets here       Become a Member

Tiger Plush Gift – 9 am; Main Lobby
The first 60 children will receive a Tiger Plush Gift; while supplies last.

Meet “Jingles” 10 am – 2 pm; Celebration Plaza
Get up-close to “Jingles” and his reindeer friends as they celebrate their favorite season.

Reindeer Keeper Talks 11 am and 1 pm; Celebration Plaza
Do reindeer really fly? Learn more about “Jingles” and his herd of friends with a Minnesota Zoo zookeeper.

Saturdays with Santa 11:30 am – 3 pm; Penguin Café Lobby
Santa has arrived! Bring your camera and wish list and enjoy a special Saturday with Santa.

Winter Craft Time 11 am – 1 pm; Discovery Bay
Join the Zoo’s education staff and create a special holiday craft.

Carolers 11 am – 1 pm; throughout the Zoo
Get in the spirit of the season as carolers sing their way through the Zoo.

Friends-Only Snack with Santa 5 – 8 pm
To celebrate Zoo Foundation Donors at the $250+ level, a special after-hours snack with Santa has been arranged. Register for a 5, 6, or 7 pm time slot for meeting with Santa.

 

Sunday, December 8

Members-only Breakfast with Santa 9 – 10:30 am - SOLD OUT

Enjoy an early morning breakfast in the Call of the Wild restaurant and visit with Santa! Crafts, coloring, an animal meet and greet, and gift for each child creates a holiday morning to remember.

Members buy tickets here      Become a Member

Meet “Jingles” 10 am – 2 pm; Celebration Plaza

Get up-close to “Jingles” and his reindeer friends as they celebrate their favorite season.

Reindeer Keeper Talks 11 am and 1 pm; Celebration Plaza

Do reindeer really fly? Learn more about “Jingles” and his herd of friends with a Minnesota Zoo zookeeper.

Winter Craft Time 11 am – 1 pm; Discovery Bay

Join the Zoo’s education staff and create a special holiday craft.

Carolers 11 am – 1 pm; throughout the Zoo

Get in the spirit of the season as carolers sing their way through the Zoo.

Friday, December 13

Friends-Only Snack with Santa 5 – 8 pm

To celebrate Zoo Foundation Donors at the $250+ level, a special after-hours snack with Santa has been arranged. Register for a 5, 6, or 7 pm time slot for meeting with Santa.

Family Oceans Overnight 

As the Zoo closes for the day, Discovery Bay is still alive with activity! This popular overnight program at the Minnesota Zoo will take you and your family “below the surface,” to explore the mysteries of ocean life, from monk seals to sharks to sea turtles. 

Saturday, December 14

Members-only Breakfast with Santa 9 – 10:30 am - SOLD OUT
Enjoy an early morning breakfast in the Call of the Wild restaurant and visit with Santa! Crafts, coloring, an animal meet and greet, and gift for each child creates a holiday morning to remember.

Members buy tickets here       Become a Member

Tiger Plush Gift – 9 am; Main Lobby
The first 60 children will receive a Tiger Plush Gift; while supplies last.

Meet “Jingles” 10 am – 2 pm; Celebration Plaza
Get up-close to “Jingles” and his reindeer friends as they celebrate their favorite season.

Reindeer Keeper Talks 11 am and 1 pm; Celebration Plaza
Do reindeer really fly? Learn more about “Jingles” and his herd of friends with a Minnesota Zoo zookeeper.

Saturdays with Santa 11:30 am – 3 pm; Penguin Café Lobby
Santa has arrived! Bring your camera and wish list and enjoy a special Saturday with Santa.

Winter Craft Time 11 am – 1 pm; Discovery Bay
Join the Zoo’s education staff and create a special holiday craft.

Carolers 11 am – 1 pm; throughout the Zoo
Get in the spirit of the season as carolers sing their way through the Zoo.

Sunday, December 15

Members-only Breakfast with Santa 9 – 10:30 am - SOLD OUT

Enjoy an early morning breakfast in the Call of the Wild restaurant and visit with Santa! Crafts, coloring, an animal meet and greet, and gift for each child creates a holiday morning to remember.

Members buy tickets here       Become a Member

Meet “Jingles” 10 am – 2 pm; Celebration Plaza

Get up-close to “Jingles” and his reindeer friends as they celebrate their favorite season.

Reindeer Keeper Talks 11 am and 1 pm; Celebration Plaza

Do reindeer really fly? Learn more about “Jingles” and his herd of friends with a Minnesota Zoo zookeeper.

Winter Craft Time 11 am – 1 pm; Discovery Bay

Join the Zoo’s education staff and create a special holiday craft.

Carolers 11 am – 1 pm; throughout the Zoo

Get in the spirit of the season as carolers sing their way through the Zoo.

Saturday, December 21

Members-only Breakfast with Santa 9 – 10:30 am - SOLD OUT
Enjoy an early morning breakfast in the Call of the Wild restaurant and visit with Santa! Crafts, coloring, an animal meet and greet, and gift for each child creates a holiday morning to remember.

Members buy tickets here      Become a Member

Tiger Plush Gift – 9 am; Main Lobby
The first 60 children will receive a Tiger Plush Gift; while supplies last.

Meet “Jingles” 10 am – 2 pm; Celebration Plaza
Get up-close to “Jingles” and his reindeer friends as they celebrate their favorite season.

Reindeer Keeper Talks 11 am and 1 pm; Celebration Plaza
Do reindeer really fly? Learn more about “Jingles” and his herd of friends with a Minnesota Zoo zookeeper.

Saturdays with Santa 11:30 am – 3 pm; Penguin Café Lobby
Santa has arrived! Bring your camera and wish list and enjoy a special Saturday with Santa.

Winter Craft Time 11 am – 1 pm; Discovery Bay
Join the Zoo’s education staff and create a special holiday craft.

Carolers 11 am – 1 pm; throughout the Zoo
Get in the spirit of the season as carolers sing their way through the Zoo.

Sunday, December 22

Members-only Breakfast with Santa 9 – 10:30 am - SOLD OUT

Enjoy an early morning breakfast in the Call of the Wild restaurant and visit with Santa! Crafts, coloring, an animal meet and greet, and gift for each child creates a holiday morning to remember.

Members buy tickets here       Become a Member

Meet “Jingles” 10 am – 2 pm; Celebration Plaza

Get up-close to “Jingles” and his reindeer friends as they celebrate their favorite season.

Reindeer Keeper Talks 11 am and 1 pm; Celebration Plaza

Do reindeer really fly? Learn more about “Jingles” and his herd of friends with a Minnesota Zoo zookeeper.

Winter Craft Time 11 am – 1 pm; Discovery Bay

Join the Zoo’s education staff and create a special holiday craft.

Carolers 11 am – 1 pm; throughout the Zoo

Get in the spirit of the season as carolers sing their way through the Zoo.

After the Holidays

On the hunt for post-holiday activities for the kids? Register them for our winter photo safaris, dog sled team adventure, and more.

December 26 -27

School’s Out Winter Camps
School may be out, but the Zoo is in! Give your kids a window to the natural world by signing up for a special, one-day camp session. Camps are offered for Preschool/Kindergarten, Grades 1-3, and a Grades 4-6 dog sled camp

Learn more

Register now

December 30-31

School’s Out Winter Camps
School may be out, but the Zoo is in! Give your kids a window to the natural world by signing up for a special, one-day camp session. Camps are offered for Preschool/Kindergarten, Grades 1-3, and a Grades 4-6 dog sled camp

Learn more

Register now

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