Jungle bells, jungle bells, jungle all the way ... to the El Paso Zoo to hang with jolly old St. Nick himself during the 5th Annual Santa at the Zoo holiday celebration.

Santa is taking a couple of days off from his toy shop in the North Pole to help turn the zoo from wildest place in town into the merriest this Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, 2019 and he's bringing special treats for the zoo animals and fluffy snow for the kids.

Yes, snow. Kris Kringle will use his magical hat to transform the splash pad into a winter wonderland of "real snow" that the kids can use to make snowballs, snow angels, and maybe even a tiny snowman.

Not only will your kids be able to frolic in the snow, they can also pose for a pic with Santa too, and even write down their holiday wish list, which the zoo promises to mail directly to the North Pole (wink, wink).

In addition to all the Christmas activities going on, you and the kids can experience the new Chihuahuan Desert exhibit. The just-opened $16 million state-of-the-art interactive exhibit is home to animal species that once roamed our desert freely, like Mexican Grey wolves, mountain lions, jaguars, and prairie dogs, and features a bird’s eye view of the entire Zoo.

Santa at the Zoo takes place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and is free with zoo admission.

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