Santa’s Safari and Polar Express at Kentucky’s Louisville Zoo


I guess at this time of the year, one can safely assume that Santa Claus is holed up at the North Pole and will be until all of his gifts have been delivered on Christmas day.  But if you're in the Louisville, Kentucky area you are in luck because once again, Santa is planning on taking a break from his work so that he can visit the locals (and the town’s many visitors) at the Louisville Zoo. And this year the Mrs. will be joining him so that she can meet the boys and girls and serve up some of her delicious refreshments.

And if that wasn’t enough, the world’s most famous snowman, Frosty himself, will be making the trip, too, to lead a carol sing-along. There will also be holiday crafts, but let’s face it-the star of the show is Santa! Besides getting to meet the Jolly Old Elf and having your picture taken with him, you also get to join him on the Santa Safari Passport, the highlight of the day! During this exciting event, explorers journey through the zoo’s buildings and get the chance to mingle with some of the animals up close and personal. I’d recommend bringing your camera — there are sure to be some amazing photo opportunities!

This year, the zoo also invites you to a special showing of The Polar Express 4-D Experience, which is included in your admission. The thrilling 4-D Theater features 3-D projection, surround-sound audio and exciting special effects that fully immerse you in all the action. Running through Jan. 6th.

But because Santa is so busy, he won’t have time to stay long. He’ll only be able to visit on December 15 and 16, at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. So act quickly, because reservations are required, and they typically sell out.  You can get tickets online. Tickets include all day admission to the zoo, refreshments (cookies and drinks), the safari adventure, a keepsake photo with Santa, a craft for each child, and a ticket to the 4-D show.

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