Holiday Fun Day 24—Chillin' with Santa at the Maryland Zoo

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is giving visitors an early holiday gift with discounted admission!

From December 1 until February 28, 2019, zoo admission will be $12 per person, with children younger than 2 still free. Hours remain 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The zoo is open every day through the end of December, with the exception of Christmas Day.

In addition to great pricing, the zoo's Jones Fall Zephyr will be transformed into the Polar Bear Express! Aboard the holiday-themed train ride, you can learn about arctic animals, like the zoo's two new polar bears.

On Sunday December 16, Santa will be visiting The Maryland Zoo from the North Pole to ride on the train! In between rides you can visit with Santa and his special mascot friends at the Jones Fall Zephyr Train Station. Santa will be riding the train at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30. 

Other fun at the zoo includes taking the family to Polar Bear Watch to meet the Zoo's grizzly bear cubs, Artic foxes, and see the zoo's new polar bears. At Penguin Coast, the African penguins will have outdoor access daily, but they are not the only feathered friends who like winter. Believe it or not, flamingos are just at home in cold weather. On warmer days, the giraffes, rhino, zebra and ostrich will be outside as well.

If a chill in the air starts nipping at your nose, the family can warm up in the Chimpanzee Forest where you can see chimps, colubus monkeys, lemurs and Panamanian golden frogs.

The zoo's tree slide in the Maryland Wilderness is open for use and the Farmyard area will be open weather permitting with sheep, donkeys and alpaca's visible throughout the winter. Rides will open as weather allows and the Whistle Stop Grille will be open with a full menu.

From Jan. 1-Feb. 28, the zoo will be open just four days a week, Friday to Monday. For details visit the Maryland Zoo website  or the  Zoo Facebook page for up-to-date information on the Zoo in the winter, as well as possible weather-related closings.