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Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the penguins at the Akron Zoo

The Columbus Zoo isn’t the only zoo with fun events for the holidays.  The Cleveland Zoo, Akron Zoo, Toledo Zoo and Cincinnati Zoo all have exciting special events planned for the Christmas season.

The Akron Zoo is holding its annual Snack with Santa event December 12, 13, 19 & 20 this year.  The event is a popular and fun event for families with children.

The children are invited to decorate their own Christmas cookies, feed the Humboldt Penguins and get their pictures taken with Santa Clause himself!

This event is very popular and sometimes sells out.  Attendees are encouraged to buy tickets ahead of time for their preferred date.

The jolly old elf will also be making an appearance at the Cleveland Zoo for their Breakfast with Santa event.  Also geared towards families with young children, the event features a breakfast, holiday crafts, animal encounters, gifts for the children, and of course, pictures with Santa Claus.

This event will take place on December 5, 6, 12 & 13th inside the zoo’s Primate, Cats & Aquatics building.  It is also a very popular event and once again, attendees are encouraged to buy their tickets ahead of time.

Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo

As I had mentioned in my last post, Columbus Zoo isn’t the only place where you can go to see holiday lights and animals.  Both the Toledo Zoo and the Cincinnati Zoo have light shows planned this year.  This is good news for our friends in both north and south Ohio.

The Cincinnati Zoo’s light show is called the Festival of Lights and is sponsored by PNC bank.  They too have a light show around their swan lake for visitors to enjoy.  They also have a puppet show for younger guests, holiday entertainers, a Polar Express 4-D experience, a gingerbread village, and stories read by Mrs. Clause.  Santa Claus will also be on hand so children can get in their last minute requests.

The event Starts Friday, November 27 and runs through January 3rd.  Tickets are available online at the zoo’s website.

The Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo

I had mentioned very briefly in my last post that the Toledo Zoo has a light show as well.  It is called the Lights Before Christmas and is sponsored by Key Bank.  The event begins November 20th and runs through December 31st this year.

My grandparents used to live near Toledo in the city of Oregon.  When we came for Christmas, it was tradition to visit the zoo and see their light show.

It has grown significantly since then and now features over one million lights, 200 images of favorite zoo animals, ice carving demonstrations, holiday performances, and visits with Santa.  There is something for the whole family and it is an event that is definitely worth checking out.

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