Santa Barbara Zoo Decks the Halls for Holiday Zoo!

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Santa Barbara Zoo Decks the Halls for Holiday Zoo!
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It’s penguin-ing to look a lot like the holidays at the Santa Barbara Zoo, which has been transformed into Holiday Zoo, a festive outdoor celebration guaranteed to make spirits bright, from December 1 - 31. 

Visitors to the Zoo this December will enjoy the decked out holiday decor with themed photo opps, while visiting the animals. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite holiday garb, ugly Christmas sweater, or dress up as a favorite Frozen character! Seasonal treats and adult holiday spirits are available for purchase. 

The Zoo will be open regular operating hours in line with the modified and approved COVID-19 safety measures, including limited capacity. The Holiday Zoo experience is free with Zoo admission or Zoo membership; online reservations are required. To make reservations for Holiday Zoo, click here.

Looking for wild gift ideas for friends and family this holiday season? The Zoo’s Holiday Gift Guide has something special for every loved one on your list! From animal encounters to gifting memberships and more, all purchases and donations support the Santa Barbara Zoo! The Zoo is also seeking Holiday Zoo sponsorships which will help the Zoo recover from financial hardships due to the COVID-19 closure earlier this year. For more information, please contact Lauren Winnewisser at [email protected]

About the Santa Barbara Zoo

The Santa Barbara Zoo is now open with limited capacity. Online ticket reservations are now required for all guests, including Zoo Members, available at Known as one of the world’s most beautiful zoos, the Santa Barbara Zoo is located on 30 acres of botanic gardens and is home to more than 500 individual animals in open, naturalistic habitats. The Santa Barbara Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), representing the highest level of animal care, and participates in AZA endangered species programs for Masai giraffe, California condor, island fox, and Western lowland gorilla, among others. As a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, the Santa Barbara Zoo depends on community support, not tax dollars, for operations and improvements. Visit

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Luvaduck Dec 07, 2020 08:47 AM
Santa Barbara Zoo Decks the Halls for Holiday Zoo!

If they are being included in the shut-down, it might be a good idea to add the zoo to your gift list if you can afford it. Any pittance would help. The animals go on eating and needing attention and they already put out for decorations hoping to earn at least a little. I don't know about zoos but the holiday season is the biggest part of some places income.

Ahlia Dec 07, 2020 07:22 AM
Santa Barbara Zoo Decks the Halls for Holiday Zoo!

It is so disappointing that every story on edhat contains comments that are so SELFISH. Our leaders are trying to PROTECT US. If they err it is on the side of caution. People getting very sick and dying is not political theater. We should be grateful that our numbers are not higher. We should feel compassionate towards our health care workers not getting overwhelmed. We can and will get thru this "together" Let's take this global pandemic as an opportunity to bring out our BEST selves :-)

JB86 Dec 07, 2020 01:16 AM
Santa Barbara Zoo Decks the Halls for Holiday Zoo!

We love the zoo and have been several times since pandemic rules in March. But now, in the State's infinite wisdom, they are closed, along with kids' playgrounds and other nonsense. This will do ziltch to curb the virus; it 'escaped the laboratory' in December 2019 and cannot be stopped unless and until an effective vaccine is widely available. Things like this are political theater.

LCP112233 Dec 07, 2020 01:45 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo Decks the Halls for Holiday Zoo!
Got this link from CSF several months ago. And have been keeping a daily eye on it. It seems that shutting down or not shutting down has no bearing on the Covid numbers at all. All states are going up and down in their numbers no matter what we do. It's here to stay until there is a vaccine. Ruining peoples lives by taking away their means of survival could only make things worse.

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