Christmas in the Wild Zoo Tampa: 2023 Festivities Guide

Let Zoo Tampa make your spirits a little brighter this holiday season with Christmas in the Wild!

Illuminated pathways are covered with colorful installations, delectable treats like a candy cane carousel that brings extra holiday cheer, and animal experiences tailored for the joyful occasion. This holiday, Zoo Tampa is not just a place of education recreation and research, but a haven full of festive and awesome activities that keep you wishing the holidays never end.

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Follow along to get the scoop on attractions, discounts, and tips at Christmas in the Wild Zoo Tampa.

Christmas in the Wild Tampa Zoo Tickets

Tampa Zoo Christmas in the Wild event tickets are required for all guests except children two years of age and younger who are accompanied by an adult. Early reservations are the only way to guarantee admission. 

Zoo Tampa members and Pay for a Day ticket holders need to pay a $5 reservation fee, which will be refunded in the form of a 5 voucher that can be used during the event. Zoo Members and reservations are strongly encouraged.

ZooTampa Discount Tickets

Secure discounted tickets for Zoo Tampa from Tripster. On top of saving some changes, you’ll get to skip the stressful long lines that tend to ruin the vacation.

Booking online means you’ll get to start your wild adventure right away.

One-Day Zoo Admission ticket only costs $46.95 

Nearby Hotels

Complete your fun vacation and Christmas at Tampa Zoo experience with a perfect room to relax by booking any of these nearby accommodations.

Tripster offers the best lodging options, allowing you to get your well-deserved rest without busting out your wallet.  

*Discounts may differ depending on the travel date

ZooTampa Vacation Package

Almost-perfect weather and plenty of tourist spots and landmarks – Tampa Bay is simply too spectacular for a day trip. Extend your vacation without spending all your money with these vacation packages:

Membership at ZooTampa

Lucky enough to live in Tampa Bay or visit the Zoo regularly? Then, a zoo membership is your best option. There are different membership plans, like Individual, Dual plus, and Family plus.

Each is accompanied by great discounts and exclusive perks, from parking and restaurants to events and shopping booths. Plus, you’ll get early access and get the chance to enjoy member-only happenings.

Group Admission

Want to treat your family, including all the cousins and grandparents, to an educational and entertaining group activity? Come to Zoo Tampa. The Zoo offers more discounts for groups of more than 15 people. Plus, additional savings for senior citizens, high school, and college groups.

Rides and Attractions

The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums AZA and is featured among the Top 25 Zoos in the U.S by TripAdvisor, promising a wild ride of fun. Ready for an adrenaline-filled safari experience? Your Zoo Tampa general admission comes with unlimited access to rides and Wildlife Connections. Make the most of your ticket by enjoying these attractions:

Wildlife Connections

Connect with wildlife and their caretakers at Wildlife Connections. Hear fun and crazy stories about the adorable animals, and visit these attractions.

  • Penguin Chat
  • Macaw Flyover
  • Orangutan Chat
  • Siamang Chat
  • Okapi Chat
  • Shoebill Chat

Thrilling Rides

Buckle up! These thrilling rides will test your stamina and spirit.

  • Tasmanian Tiger Coaster
  • Roaring Springs
  • The Carousel and more

Close up of people riding the Tasmanian Tiger Coaster and having fun at ZooTampa in Tampa, Florida, USA

Christmas in the Wild Attractions

Festive Realms

Zoo Tampa Christmas celebration is fit to perfection. Among its gorgeous spectaculars include the six immersive festive realms, complete with lights and a festive soundtrack. Step into these lavishly decorated grounds and take in all the Yuletide cheer and colors with the entire family. Make sure to bring your camera as you don’t want to miss the photo opportunities.    

Shows and Attractions

Nothing can put a smile on our faces and remind us of the true meaning of Christmas better than holiday shows. This happiest time of the year; take time to witness live performances and festive presentations throughout the Zoo Tampa Christmas fair grounds. From innovative storytelling to musical concerts, the park’s entertainment will surely impress your imagination.

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Animal Experiences

Calling all animal lovers. Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with your favorite creatures! Meet and discover the unique and clever personalities of African penguins, Southern White Rhinoceros, Florida Panther, and more this Christmas at the Zoo Tampa.

Of course, friendly and knowledgeable staff will be with you every step of the way to guide you, give insights, and answer your questions. These adorable Zoo residents will wait for you this season.

Close up of a Florida Panther with his ears flat looking at the camera in the Florida Wildlife Centre at ZooTampa in Tampa, Florida, USA
photo credit: ZooTampa at Lowry Park via Facebook

Treats and Drinks

Whether you’re into sweet and eye-catching holiday treats or flavorful seasonal cuisines, Zoo Tampa features food and drinks that will make you drool. Pick from a vast selection of pastries, sandwiches, desserts, and warm beverages.

Christmas in the Wild Zoo Tampa Hours and Date

Christmas in the Wild happens on the following select nights:

November 24, 2023, through December 23, 2023, from 4 PM to 10 PM
December 26, 2023 through December 30, 2023, from 4 PM to 9 PM

“Is Tampa Zoo open on Christmas day,” you might ask. Unfortunately, the answer would be no. The park is closed on December 24th and 25th.

Christmas in the Wild ZooTampa Venue

ZooTampa, operated by the Lowry Park, is located at 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604.

Experience Christmas in the Wild

Animal lovers have no other place to be this holiday than Zoo Tampa! Your favorite theme park turns into a Christmas wonderland filled with light displays, so revel in its decorations and entertainment like never before. Unveil the magic as ZooTampa Lowry Park is operated with precision, bringing wildlife wonders right to you. The fun begins as soon as you enter the Zoo.

Expect Tampa Zoo Christmas lights and decors spread across the wildlife paradise. There will be festive live shows to keep all guests occupied as well. We’re hoping for Santa and Mrs. Claus’s surprise appearance. Fingers crossed that the cookie decorating with Mrs Claus will also be added for this year’s event night.

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Then, connect with leopards, penguins, tigers, koalas, and more animals. Finally, don’t forget to chat with the guide to get some interesting details about your favorite creature. When you get hungry, you don’t need to worry, as the Zoo is bursting with food booths offering themed snacks and drinks! 

So, get your advanced purchase tickets now and be amazed and delighted by the seasonal offerings of Zoo Tampa. Unlock the magic waiting for you by checking the Christmas in the Wild Zoo Tampa reviews. And while at it, extend your holiday trip with a Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park Package.


Start Date:

November 23, 2023 @ 8:00 am CST

End Date:

December 30, 2023 @ 5:00 pm CST




1101 W Sligh Ave
Tampa, FL 33604 United States


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Written by Anne Joyce Raymundo

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