There’s still time to enjoy some toasty warm evenings with animal friends before the new year begins at the Indianapolis Zoo.

The zoo’s Christmas at the Zoo program continues through Jan. 3. Visitors can enjoy the scenery and festivities from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Jan. 3 and Dec. 28 and 29. The zoo opens at noon daily but will be closed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Guests are encouraged visit with their favorite cold-weather animals like tigers, polar bears, sea lions, walrus and brown bears. The zoo’s myriad indoor exhibits offer a place for guests to go if they get too chilly outside. Special animal keeper chats throughout the day will be available.

As the sun sets, the zoo turns into a winter wonderland filled with colorful, LED lights and displays, including “We Three Trees” and the “All-A-Glow Light Show.” As visitors stroll through the zoo, they can sip on a cup of hot cocoa, sample holiday treats, listen to local choirs and enjoy traditional carolers singing by the fireside.

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The wintertime crafts and activities for kids continue after Christmas, and visitors can enjoy Santa’s Tropical Paradise inside the Hilbert Conservatory throughout the holiday season.

Christmas at the Zoo is free for zoo members and included with regular admission. Discount tickets are available at participating Donatos and Teachers Credit Union locations. Guests can receive $1 off admission at the gate with the donation of a new hat, scarf or gloves to benefit St. Mary’s Child Center.

Visit for advance tickets and more information.