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Holiday Events at Southeast Zoos


The holiday season is a busy time for most, rushing about to finish up your holiday shopping, baking and planning for the arrival of out of town guests. It’s easy to lose sight of how important it is to slow down, enjoy one another’s company and make some holiday memories.
The southeast offers a variety of holiday events to enjoy from small town gatherings to large events. One of the best activities available over the holiday’s season is going on at the zoos! The zoo in Birmingham, Atlanta and Columbia all have exciting events going on this holiday season, here is a summary of those events.

Birmingham, AL
Wells Fargo Zoo Light Safari is the only Place in Birmingham Where it Snows Every Night!

Wells Fargo Zoo Light Safari, the Birmingham Zoo’s annual holiday event is open December 18-23 and December 26-31. The zoo is a real winter wonderland with over a million lights to make your spirit bright. New this year, the Zoo will host a tree lighting ceremony at 6pm, nightly, near the Wildlife Stage with an illuminating tree reaching nearly 30 feet tall. Every night, Zoo Light Safari offers visitors the opportunity to see animal demonstrations, enjoy a ride on the Jingle Bell Carousel, enjoy the Candy Cane Train and a Holiday Hayride. You’ll have the opportunity to share your Christmas wish list with Santa and have your photo taken. Zoo Light Safari is open from 5-9pm. Admission is free every night of the event for Birmingham Zoo Members and $8 (plus tax) for Non-members.

Columbia, SC
Lights Before Christmas - Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
November 22 – December 30, 2013
Closed November 28, December 24 and 25

The Lights Before Christmas is one of South Carolina’s longest running traditions during the holidays. Riverbanks Zoo dazzles with over a million lights, music in motion light display, splashing elephants, visits from Santa each night, a Jingle Bell Bonfire to warm your toes and roast some marshmallows. Hot chocolate and coffee are also available to keep your warm.


Atlanta, GA
Winter Safari Day Camp – Zoo Atlanta
December 23-January 6

Give your kids the gift of learning by signing them up to spend their winter break at Zoo Atlanta enjoying day camp. Winter Safari Day Camp at Zoo Atlanta offers daily camps that offer children the opportunity for hands on learning, nature discovery and wildlife appreciation.

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