• Believe... in the Magic of the Season is SOLD OUT

    The Believe in the Magic of the Season is SOLD OUT.

Event Dates
Event Hours

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m



Board our “Polar Bear Express Tram” bound for Junction Plaza! Guests are invited to come dressed in festive attire or their favorite pj’s! Santa presents one lucky child with the first gift of Christmas before each Polar Express 4-D Experience showing.

Bells and lights will twinkle from the bus, and riders can carol their way deep into the Zoo to claim a souvenir cup (filled with hot cocoa) and a special cookie, circle time after time on the carousel, and claim a Golden Ticket to board the SimEx iWerks 4-D Polar Express. At each 13-minute showing, one guest will receive the First Gift of Christmas from Santa and, when the show ends, every guest will receive a shiny silver bell from Santa’s sleigh.

Throughout the evening, the plaza will bustle with other fun: conversations with Mr. and Mrs. Santa, face painters, free photos from FotoFX, roaming costumed characters, Holiday storytelling—and, if you listen hard enough—maybe even the sounds of Red Wolves, elk, or lions singing in the season.

Tickets: $15 per person for both adults and children. Zoo Society members receive a $3 discount on their children’s tickets.
Tickets available by pre-sale only.  


This event will be held, rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather and ready to join the hustle, bustle, and excitement of a magical event at the Zoo.