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Christmas for the Animals brings holiday cheer and the spirit of giving to the Alaska Zoo

Visitors invited to stuff stockings, roast chestnuts over the fire and enjoy Zoo Lights


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Zoo’s annual Christmas for the Animals celebration will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 3 – 8 p.m. This local holiday tradition encourages zoo guests to pay their favorite animal friends a visit and spread the spirit of giving by filling animals’ stockings with the wildest of holiday treats. Those who bring a food donation will receive $2 off general admission.


With Zoo Lights included in general admission, Christmas for the Animals is a fun, affordable way to get the entire family in the holiday spirit. In addition to visiting the animals, filling their stockings and enjoying the dazzling Zoo Lights display, visitors will be treated to holiday music, hot cocoa, popcorn, cookies and the option to roast fresh chestnuts over a warm fire. 


“Christmas for the Animals is a great way to spread holiday cheer and give zoo goers of all ages an opportunity to give back to their favorite animal friends,” said Alaska Zoo Executive Director Patrick Lampi. “It is also the only day this winter that attendees can enjoy Zoo Lights for the price of a regular admission ticket, which makes it the perfect opportunity for families to take in the holidays at the Alaska Zoo.”


Christmas for the Animals admission is $8 per person or $6 per person with a food donation. Children under the age of two get in free. Annual zoo pass holders receive free entry, and zoo animals’ adoptive parents receive a postcard for free entry with a food donation. The Alaska Zoo welcomes the following donation items for stockings hanging outside animal exhibits throughout the grounds:



Peanut butter

Frozen beef, game meat or poultry (no pork nor bear, not smoked or seasoned)



Dog biscuits

Jam or jelly

Animal or horse treats

Kong pet toys

Frozen fish (not smoked or seasoned)

Unsalted peanuts


Unsalted nuts

Water-based paints

Gift cards to local pet stores

Mild spices (no garlic, onion)

Scented, wide-tipped markers

Gift cards to local grocery stores


Following this weekend, Zoo Lights will be on display every Thursday – Sunday evening through March 5, 2017. The Alaska Zoo will offer extended hours and a special schedule during the holiday break to accommodate students and their families, with Zoo Lights on display seven nights a week from Dec. 15, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017. Until Jan. 29, 2017, Zoo Lights goes from 5 – 8 p.m. From Feb. 2 – March 5, 2017, the lights will shine from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Alaska Zoo is closed Christmas Day and is now operating on winter hours from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 


About the Alaska Zoo

The Alaska Zoo is a nonprofit organization that has provided a home for orphaned, injured and captive-born animals for more than 45 years. Open year-round, the zoo is dedicated to promoting conservation of and Arctic and sub-Arctic species through education, research and community enrichment. Additional information on admission rates, history, animals and more is available at www.AlaskaZoo.org.


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