The Los Angeles Zoo is home to so many wonderful animals & creatures. My family enjoys visiting all year round but it is the winter time of year that we get to see special treats at the LA Zoo! Not only is there the LA Zoo Lights in the evening, but during the day from now until January 3rd, 2016, you can visit the Reindeer Romp Holiday Celebration!
First stop is the Reindeer Village, which is just beyond the LA Zoo entrance, right before the pink flamingos area. At the Reindeer Village you can visit Santa’s favorite furry friends!
You can also participate in a fun kids craft by making reindeer antlers of your own! Now who wouldn’t want to join in any reindeer games with these antlers?! 🙂
Across from the Reindeer Village is the performance stage areas that hosts:
- Ice carving demonstrations on Saturdays
- Puppet shows on Sunday mornings
- A fun performance on Sunday afternoons by the Satin Dollz (a popular retro musical troupe based in LA)
When we visited the LA Zoo on December 6th, we were on-hand to see the cute puppet show!
There are daily reindeer keeper/docent talks. On weekends you can visit Santa Claus & take photos with him! NOTE: there is a nominal fee for photo ops with Santa. However there is a section inside of the Reindeer Village that allows a free photo opp on a cute sleigh.
The highlight of our time at the Reindeer Romp is seeing the “gifts for the animals” experience. You’ll have to check the dates & times online to know which animals on what dates will receive their “present.” On our visit, we got to see the black bear open his holiday present. So cute to watch this playful bear in action!
Of course while we were there, we just HAD to see the newest member of the LA Zoo giraffe family. This little baby was born in November!
There is so much to see & do at the LA Zoo during Reindeer Romp days! All activities, except the Santa photos, are free with paid Zoo admission. For more information, check out their website & also don’t forget to “like” their Facebook page so that you can get daily updates!
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I attended a media event which helped facilitate this review. All images & opinions are 100% my own.