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Santa Claus has been in the news recently, but for all the wrong reasons. A recent piece on Fox News has been blown into the stratosphere, and a great debate has ensued over the true racial identity of jolly old St. Nick. Well, one thing is for sure; even the animals believe in Santa Claus!

Next weekend, Zoo Miami will be transformed into a winter wonderland, where guests can enjoy thousands of beautiful animal-shaped lights and dazzling tree lights as they stroll the zoo during the nine nights of Zoo Lights; share a a Holiday Breakfast with the Zoo Squad; and watch the animals open their specially-prepared gifts during Holiday Gifts for the Animals.

The zoo’s glorious grounds come to light during Zoo Lights, December 20 – 30 (excludes Dec. 24-25) from 7 – 10 p.m. (ticket booths close at 9:30 p.m.). In addition to the thousands of bright animal-shaped light, guests are immersed in holiday music, can sip hot chocolate, munch on delicious cookies, take a spin on the carousel, “ice skate,” and have their picture taken with Santa. General admission is only $5 per person plus tax. Included with admission is a pair of 3D glasses, which will make the Zoo Lights experience even more engaging and amusing. Food, beverages, carousel rides, “ice skating,” and photos with Santa are all available at additional costs.

Guests interested in celebrating the holidays at the zoo can also attend a Holiday Breakfast with the Zoo Squad on December 21, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. In addition to photos with the Zoo Squad mascots, Gigi the giraffe and Kaz the rhino, guests can start their day right with an all-you-can-eat hot breakfast that includes an assortment of fresh fruit juices, coffee, tea, eggs, sausage, bacon, country style potatoes, and fruit!

Holiday Breakfast with the Zoo Squad admission includes zoo admission, parking, an all day pass for the Monorail and an all you can eat hot breakfast. General admission is $24.95 plus tax per adult; $22.95 plus tax per child age 3-12. Zoo members are: $19.95 plus tax per adult; $17.95 plus tax per child. Children ages 2 and under are free.

Included with admission, Holiday Gifts for the Animals takes place on select days in December, including Christmas Day. Visitors will be entertained watching the animals joyfully open holiday gifts prepared by zookeepers and volunteers. Check the zoo website for exact dates, times and description.

Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177. General zoo admission is $15.95/adult and $11.95/child (3 -12) plus tax. Children under three, Zoo members and parking are free. Zoo Lights and Holiday Breakfast with the Zoo Squad are special events with separate admission prices. To save time, buy your tickets online at Zoo Miami’s regular hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4:00 p.m.

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