Palm Beach Zoo: December Special Events

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Palm Beach Zoo is announcing the following special events and promotions for the month of December 2016: 

Breakfast with Santa (3 available seatings)

It's a holiday tradition at Palm Beach Zoo that sells out every year, so make your reservation today! Highlights include a hot breakfast buffet, up-close animal encounters, photo opportunities with Santa & Mrs. Claus - PLUS - crafts, and complimentary rides on the Wildlife Carousel.

This year's seatings are:

  • Saturday, December 17th - 8:30am
  • Sunday, December 18th - 8:30am
  • Saturday, December 24th - 8:30am

Advance reservations are required. Seating is limited. Find pricing and additional info here:

Fourth Annual Noon Year’s Eve Celebration: Saturday, December 31, 11:00a-1:00p

Ring in the New Year like never before...with your furry, feathered, and scaly friends at the Palm Beach Zoo! Join us for our children's dance party in the Fountain Plaza where they can get their face painted and join us leading up to 12 noon as we celebrate the New Year with an apple juice toast and "alligator ball" drop fit for children of all ages! This event is included with normal zoo admission.

Education Events

Panthers and PJ's Overnight at the Zoo: Saturday, December 3-4, 6:30p-8:30a

Be the FIRST to spend the night next to our NEWLY-renovated Panther Exhibit in the Florida Pioneer Home! Enjoy cookie decorating, hot cocoa, making a wildlife ornament, and create a present for a special Zoo animal! This program also features a nocturnal Zoo tour and up-close animal encounters! Pizza dinner and continental breakfast are provided! Participants must be ages 6 and up: a minimum of 1 adult per family is required. Pre-registration is required.

Toddler Workshops Are Kid-Tested and Parent Approved: REGISTER NOW!

The Palm Beach Zoo Education Department offers exciting workshops designed for children ages 2 to 4 years! Age-specific crafts and activities are designed to excite and intrigue your child. Workshops include up-close animal encounters, stories, song or game, crafts, and admission to the Zoo! Workshops for 3-4 year olds also include a snack. One adult is required to attend the program with children. Register now for the popular Backyard Buddies program:

  • 2 year olds: 10:00-11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 7
  • 3 & 4 year olds: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 10

One adult is required to attend the program with children and pre-registration is required. Click the link for pricing info and to reserve your spot today!

Girl Scout Badge Programs are Back!

Is your Girl Scout looking to fulfill badge requirements? Then come have a wild time at the zoo, and earn a badge too! In partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida programs are available for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors & Cadettes. Badge Workshops & Journeys may include animal encounters, behind the scenes tours, guided ground tours, crafts, themed activities, and admission to the zoo. Overnight programs include up-close animal encounters, a nocturnal tour, crafts, themed activities, pizza, and a continental breakfast. All programs meet badge requirements.  Pre-registration is required for all programs. Click the link for more info.

Palm Beach Zoo Holiday Gift Guide: Give a WILD holiday gift!

It’s the most wonderful time of year and you’re in luck! The zoo has some amazing offerings for everyone on your list. With each purchase, not only will you be giving an amazing gift, but you will be helping our conservation mission!

  • Annual Memberships: Give a gift that creates memories all year long – give the gift of an annual Zoo membership! Enjoy our beautiful, 23-acre tropical park full of WILD things! With a Zoo Membership, you can visit as many times as you would like for an entire year – now that’s a great investment! Click here for more information:
  • Animal Adoptions: The Palm Beach Zoo's "Zoo Parent Adoption" Animal Sponsorship Program is a great way to add a furry, feathered, or scaly friend to your family!  When you sponsor an animal, your gift goes directly to help support the care and feeding of our animal collection.  Zoo Parent Adoption Packages begin at just $25 and include an 8" x 10" color photograph of your chosen animal, Personalized Certificate of Sponsorship, and a subscription to the Palm Beach Zoo’s monthly e-newsletters.  All animals in the Zoo's collection are available for sponsorship. Take home your wild child today! To order, please visit
  • Animal Art: Unique works of arts created by our resident “animal artists,” with a little help from their zookeepers. Each painting is wrapped in a plastic sleeve with a photo of the animal artist enclosed. All proceeds from the sales of Animal Art support Zoo conservation and enrichment programs, as well as wildlife care operations. Click here for more information -
  • Animal Experiences: It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience with some of the world’s coolest animals! There are a range of animal encounters available here at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society. To book your visit click here -
  • Registration is now open for our Save the Panther 5K on January 7th and 2017 Big Cat Race Series: Net proceeds from this race help fund our partnership with the Florida Wildlife Corridor, an organization working to protect Florida panthers and their dwindling habitat. Every runner gets a tech-style, short-sleeve, polyester, running shirt available in men’s and women's sizes. Your registration also includes admission to the zoo for the day and 3 half-price discount coupons for friends and family! Spread some holiday cheer for a good cause - "Gift Registrations" make great holiday gifts! REGISTER TODAY!

Story Time at the Zoo: A Real Page Turner: Saturday’s at 10:30a

This popular event will take place at on Saturday’s at 10:30 a.m. at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel.

  • December 3: Peek-a-Boo Jungle by Francesca Ferri
  • December 10: Curious George: Goes to the Zoo by Margret & H.A. Rey’s
  • December 17: Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
  • December 24: Tails by Matthew Van Fleet
  • December 31: Chunky Safari: Zebra by Emily Bolam

Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission. For more information visit:

About the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches exists to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. We advance our conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education and support of conservation initiatives in the field. Our commitment to sustainable business practices elevates our capacity to inspire others. The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit





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