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Santa Claus is coming to the Zoo!

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This past Saturday, Dec. 7, Santa Claus made a very special trip while on his way into the town of Thurmont, in Frederick, MD. He stopped in at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo to have breakfast with some of his favorite animal pals as well as some very lucky children who made it onto the Nice List.

But if you have a child who's been good, and you think they deserve the gift of breakfast with Santa and the animals, then you're in luck! Breakfast With Santa and the Animals will be taking place again on Saturday, Dec. 14, and then again on Saturday, Dec. 21.

This special reserved seating engagement is available in two shifts—one at 9:15 a.m. and the other at 11:15 a.m. For the first round, the Zoo will open its doors to the interactive Discovery Room at 9 a.m. prior to serving. Likewise, the room will open again at 10:30 a.m. for those coming to the 11:15 a.m. seating. Also, the Discovery Room will be open from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on all of the days for these engagements.

Recently renovated, the Zoo's Discovery Room provides a perfect, climate-controlled indoor educational area for exploration and classroom-like activities. Zoo Educators guide groups through interesting facts and fun through interactive exhibits, games, activities, story-telling and animal displays and artifacts, The room is ideal for field trips, scouting organizations and other groups.

Santa's elves will be on site at the Zoo, dishing out a delicious buffet-style breakfast complete with a special gift for each child in attendance. As children clean their plates, there will be time after the meal for interaction, including holiday craft making, if they so choose. But the real fun will begin when children have the chance to get up close and personal with some of the Zoo's most notable animal “zoo-lebrities,” and have photos taken with Santa himself.

Breakfast With Santa and the Animals is limited to only those children who are on the Nice List (no Naughties, please) and who have reserved a spot. If you would like to make a reservation for this event, the Zoo requires a donation of $20 for non-members and $17 for members. Children under the age of 2 are admitted for $7. As seating is limited, this festive folly requires tickets for all children, regardless of age. Booster seats are not available, for safety reasons.

The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo is located at 13019 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788. To make a reservation for this event, e-mail Guest Services at To learn more about the Zoo, visit



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