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Holiday Magic at the Charles Paddock Zoo

December 16, 2023

10am - 1pm

Our Annual Holiday Magic celebration is a must-do! The zookeepers step in as Santa’s Elves to prepare gifts for the animals. Santa will be at the Zoo on Saturday, December 16th to help welcome visitors and deliver gifts to the animals. Plan to come out to join Santa and the staff for some Holiday Magic at the Charles Paddock Zoo to enjoy the festivities!


Here at the Zoo, it doesn’t matter if you are naughty or nice! Our scheduled gift delivery begins at 10 am and goes until 1 pm. Gifts will be delivered to the animals throughout this timeframe along with activities for the entire family to enjoy throughout the day.  The Zoo will be dressed up with holiday decorations, so come celebrate the season with us! See how our animals tear into their gifts from the meerkats to the monkeys to the tiger.


Holiday Magic is a great time to visit the Zoo and the events of the day are included with regular admission!  Over 300 animals call the Charles Paddock Zoo home, including red pandas, monkeys, meerkats, parrots, a Malayan Tiger, a variety of reptiles, and more! The Charles Paddock Zoo is open Daily from 10 am until 4 pm. For more information about the Zoo, please visit our website at

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