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5 Ways to get WILD at the Detroit Zoo this Holiday


Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since there is no place to go…Let it…Ok, ok we won’t mention the “s” word just yet. It’s early but we are in Michigan. At least there are some upcoming winter events that will warm you up. You can go to the Detroit Zoo all throughout the holiday season and there is bound to be something for everyone! Check out 5 winter events happening at the Detroit Zoo.

Wild Lights
November 17th – December 31st
With the holiday season around the corner, the Detroit Zoo will be lighting up for 24 nights with more than 200 animals. Talk about magical! There will not only be animals but there will also be holiday traditions like lit up christmas trees, buildings and sculptures. Your little ones under the age of 2 have free admittance. There will also be entertainment and activities for all ages. Now you can create and more magical experience by adding the polar package to your night which includes a 4D experience with the Polar Express.  The winter rink and carousel will be open as well.

Polar Beers
November 29th
The title speaks for itself. Beers, beers and more beers. This event is specifically for the adult crowd. You may need a break from the kiddos so let your hair down for the evening. There will be 12 samples of beers to choose from and food for purchase throughout the evening as well.

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Breakfast with Santa
December 8th, 15th and 16th
The 16th Annual Breakfast with Santa is kicking off at the Detroit Zoo. Located in the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery there will be a waffle style breakfast with a buffet. After you and your family fill you bellies, enjoy arts and crafts and picture taking. And of course a visit from Santa!  

Dinner with Santa
December 14th, 15th and 16th
Save room for dinner. Dinner with Santa is served during the holiday light display. This dinner is buffet style and is in the beautiful Wildlife Interpretive Gallery. After dinner the family can visit with Santa and take pictures. Families also have admission to the Wild Lights Show.  Make sure you save some room for dessert.

Cookies with The Clauses
December 20th
Who doesn’t love warm chocolate chip cookies. Well Mr. and Mrs. Claus are personally baking some for you and your family all while telling a special holiday story. Your little ones will even get to make Santa’s reindeers some special treats when they visit your home on Christmas eve.

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