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Holiday Magic at the Charles Paddock Zoo

December 15, 2018

11am - 2pm

The holiday season is upon us and we are continuing our celebration in Atascadero at the Central Coast’s ONLY Zoo! The zookeepers have stepped in as Santa’s Elves to prepare gifts for the animals. Santa will be at the Zoo on Saturday, December 15th 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 10:15 am and goes through 2 pm. Gifts will be delivered to the animals throughout this timeframe along with activities for the entire family to enjoy throughout the day. New this year is a strolling Magician to engage all ages. The Zoo is 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. Following is the Holiday Magic gift-giving schedule:

10:15 am - Meerkats

10:35 am - Giant Anteater

10:55 am – Aldabra Tortoises

11:35 am – Fossa

11:55 am - Spider Monkey

12:15 pm - Lemurs

12:35 pm - Fisher

12:55 pm - Tiger

1:15 pm - Marmosets

1:35 pm - Bat-Eared Foxes

1:55 pm - Wallabies


All of our animals made the nice list this year and Santa has become overwhelmed with their wish list! If you are interested in helping Santa with the animal wish list and make sure our critters have an extra special holiday, please go to the following link to see the variety of Charles Paddock Zoo Enrichment items the animals enjoy: or  Thank you in advance for your support.


We would not be able to bring this event to you without our sponsors! A special THANK YOU to our State Farm Insurance John Donavan and Pacific Premier Bank, and our media sponsors, New Times and The Tribune!


Holiday Magic is a great time to come visit the Zoo and the events of the day are included with regular admission!  Over 200 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. Regular admission is $7 for Adults 12 and over, $5 for children 3-11, 2 and under are free and Seniors 65+ are $6. For more information about the Zoo, please visit our website at

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