Once we got inside the zoo we were given a park map that showed what areas were open and what events were going on. Before we even opened it however a couple from the zoo directed us to head towards the White River Gardens where Santa was located. They said if we went as soon as we arrived it would be much faster than waiting till later in the evening.
Once we got inside we got directly into the line and began our wait for the ever so famous Santa Claus! I was very impressed that they even had a table mid-way through with a simple craft activity for the kids. We had plenty of time for both the kids to make their gift tags before moving forward. And the lady "elf" at the table was very entertaining too.
And here's my little girl once we made it to Santa. They do professional photos while the kids are on Santa's lap, plus the offer an area off to the side where you can take photos of your own. This was great because ordering pictures just wasn't in our budget this time around. I think the one I took turned out pretty good myself!
Then after we finished with Santa there was a table to write a letter to Santa, and a place to decorate a cow headband. Then we were off to the scavenger hunt. The kids each got a list of fill-in-the-blank questions they had to look for the answers inside the butterfly habitat. After they found them all they turned in the paper for a cool zoo pencil.
After we were done indoors we headed into the main zoo area and began walking around to check out all of the awesome light displays. They were all over the main park area and I have to say we were very impressed with how many there were. I think the little bit of snow that was still on the ground made it a perfect night to visit.
As we were walking around we found this sign that say Pizza Sampling Today! Of course we were on board. I'd never had Donatos Pizza before, and now I'm wishing we had one close to us. It was really good and we got it just as they got a new batch so it was still hot.
Christmas At The Indianapolis Zoo runs from 5-9pm Wednesday-Sunday • Now-Dec. 29, plus Dec. 23 and 30. They are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
Disclosure: I was provided with tickets for this even in exchange for a post about the event. No other form of compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are my own.