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Monday, March 19

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Festive holiday kickoff weekend in store

Start the season with two signature events: the all-new Jungle Bells and annual Cookies with Santa.

Zoo Atlanta kicks off the holiday season with a festive weekend to include the debut of a new tradition and the return of an annual favorite at Jungle Bells on Saturday, December 2 and Cookies with Santa on Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, 2017. Both events are presented by Cricket Wireless.

Jungle Bells presented by Cricket Wireless
Be there for the highlight of Jungle Bells – the Zoo’s first-ever holiday tree lighting – when Zhu Zhu the giant panda mascot flips the switch on a 20-foot tree in Grand Patio. Enjoy children’s crafts and special entertainment from The Neighborhood Ballet, Harmony Atlanta International Chorus, Atlanta Open Band and DJ Willy Wow. Activities will run from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with the tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. Jungle Bells activities are free with general admission; free for Members and children under 3. Holiday snacks, warm spiced cider and, for guests over 21, warm mulled wine and hot hard cider, will be available for purchase.

Cookies with Santa presented by Cricket Wireless
Santa Claus makes two early stops at Zoo Atlanta on Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3. Enjoy a visit with Santa and professional photo; hot cocoa and cookies; festive crafts; costume characters; animal encounters; and music. A separate ticket is required to attend Cookies with Santa, and pre-registration is strongly encouraged with only a few time slots remaining. Make reservations now or plan your visit here.

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