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Santa sets up his Village at the Knoxville Zoo

santa village knoxville zooKNOXVILLE— Santa Claus has come to Knoxville and made “Santa’s Village” at Knoxville Zoo his temporary East Tennessee headquarters. The jolly old elf will be available to discuss Christmas wishes and pose for holiday photos Sunday, Dec. 8th and Thursday, Dec. 12th through Sunday, Dec. 15th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. each day. Guests may bring their own cameras for photos or purchase portraits taken by a professional photographer.

Located in The Pilot Special Exhibits Building, the halls of Santa’s Village are all decked for the holidays. Santa’s Village also has a “Secret Santa Gift Shop” featuring items from $5 and up and designed just for little ones to do their very own holiday shopping. Knoxville Zoo’s staff of elves will help small shoppers make their selections and then wrap up their purchases to make sure there is no peeking before the big day.

Santa’s Village is included with general zoo admission. Currently, the zoo is celebrating Penguin Discount Days, and admission to Knoxville Zoo is half-off through Feb. 28, 2014.

Knoxville Zoo is Knoxville’s largest year-round attraction. Located off exit 392 from Interstate 40, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Day. Knoxville Zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Currently, the zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Next-day admission is free after 3 p.m. For more information, please call 865-637-5331 ext. 300 or visit

Published December 8, 2013

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