Jungle Bells

December 1

2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Bring the whole family to be part of the second-annual lighting of the Zoo Atlanta holiday tree. Zhu Zhu the giant panda mascot flips the switch at 5:30 p.m. in Flamingo Plaza!


  • Free crafts for children
  • Photo-ops in front of our 20’ holiday tree
  • Delicious holiday snacks†
  • Hot hard cider and warm mulled wine for guests ages 21 and up*
  • Holiday gift shopping at Zoo Atlanta Trading Company and Pandamonium gift shops

*Guests over 21 can enjoy hot hard cider and warm mulled wine.


  • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – DJ Dance Party
  • 3:00- 3:30 p.m. – Rosa Bulgaria Dance
  • 3:45-4:15 p.m. – The Graduates Acapella Group
  • 4:15- 5:00 p.m. – DJ Dance Party and Games
  • 5:00- 5:30 p.m. – Neighborhood Ballet
  • 5:30 p.m. Tree Lighting
  • 5:40-6:00 p.m. – HARMONY: Atlanta’s International Youth Chorus

†Activities and special entertainment are included with purchase of general admission tickets. Food and beverages require additional purchase.


Cookies with Santa

Be here when Santa makes his first stop– Zoo Atlanta! Bring the little ones for a personal visit with Santa and a professional photo. Warm up with hot chocolate and cookies, and kick off the holiday season with festive crafts, costume characters, animal encounters and music. And of course, you’ll go home with a bag of reindeer chow for when Santa makes his visit to your home!

Cookies with Santa requires a separate ticket and reservation. Learn more about this opportunity here.

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