Visiting the Denver zoo during the holidays is a yearly tradition for many Congress Park families!
While most people assume going to the zoo should be a spring, summer or fall activity, not here in Denver! Those of us who live in nearby neighborhoods like Congress Park understand you can have fun at our city’s zoo anytime of the year, especially during the holidays. The Denver Zoo kicks off it’s holiday celebrations the very first week of December and offer people time to enjoy the season straight through New Year’s!
Holiday Zoo Lights
Every evening after 5:30 PM the zoo turns on the holiday spirit with a fantastic light display. Their 38 acres turn into a brilliant safari for kids watch 150 animated animal sculptures shine and play (swinging through trees, popping out of bushes and etc). The Lantern Festival in the Toyota Elephant Passage hosts performances like Irish step dancers throughout the month!
Of course Santa makes numerous appearances at the zoo during the holidays! Offering a fun twist to the season’s traditions, the zoo stays busy with events and attractions. Visitors can tour a winter wonderland which includes the North Pole, ice carvers and musical performances by local choirs and professional groups.
While offering yuletide fun, the zoo is also committed to cultural education. So for Kwanzaa the Denver zoo goes all out with a special, multi-day event. African drummers and storytellers offer an authentic experience of songs, dances and activities all ages can enjoy.
New Year’s Eve Party
For families wanting to celebrate and still get the kids home well before midnight, this is the perfect event! The zoo throws a dance party with magicians, face painters and a countdown at 9:00 PM.
Get more details by visiting the Denver Zoo’s website.
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