See Santa this week earlier than he leaves for the North Pole  

CINCINNATI (December 21, 2023) –   Santa continues to be making an inventory and is checking it twice earlier than heading again to the North Pole to ship items to all the great girls and boys.  He can be obtainable for visits at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard’s PNC Competition of Lights by December 23.   Mrs. Claus additionally departs after the 23rd.

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“Earlier than leaving Cincinnati, Santa made a number of deliveries to animals that have been particularly good this 12 months,” mentioned Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard. “It’s the primary vacation season for a few of the animals on his listing, together with possum Opal, porcupette Violet, and sloth Juno. They loved the treats and enrichment that Santa gave them.”

Santa additionally stopped by Hippo Cove to present the Zoo’s well-known hippo bloat some edible items.  Fritz was a bit shy final 12 months when Santa stopped by however has gained plenty of confidence, and weight, since then. The hippos loved their watermelons and Santa-shaped frozen treats.  Purple panda Lin loved treats from Santa this 12 months together with her favourite, apples, and a papier mâché enrichment giftbox!

PNC Competition of Lights, which was simply voted Greatest Zoo Lights by USA TODAY’s readers for the sixth 12 months in a row, can be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and can reopen on Tuesday, December 26.  It runs by January 7, 2024.

“There’s nonetheless loads to take pleasure in after Santa leaves,” mentioned Maynard.  “It’s an amazing alternative for many who obtain memberships as a vacation present to return out and see why PNC Competition of Lights is the very best!  It’s additionally an amazing vacation spot for households that wish to ring within the New 12 months earlier than midnight!”

The Zoo’s Completely happy Zoo 12 months celebration, powered by Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Honda Sellers, presents a kid-friendly, early countdown at 8 p.m. and likewise contains video games, glow goodies, and a DJ to get folks dancing.

The spectacular lights are the principle attraction throughout PNC Competition of Lights. Guests coming to see animals ought to come earlier within the day or go to indoor habitats similar to World of the Insect, Manatee Springs, and Night time Hunters in the course of the night hours.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard opens every day at 10 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursdays and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays throughout PNC Competition of Lights. The brand new electrical prepare and carousel begin operating every day at 2:30 p.m.   For extra data go to


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