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Santa’s Village is open at the Knoxville Zoo

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Santa Claus has come to town and made “Santa’s Village” at Knoxville Zoo his temporary East Tennessee headquarters. From Thursday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 13, he will be on hand to listen to Christmas wishes and pose for holiday photos. Guests may bring their own cameras for photos or purchase portraits taken by a professional photographer. Santa will be on the scene from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. each day.

The halls of Santa’s Village are all decked for the holidays with dozens of trees and thousands of lights at the indoor Pilot Flying J Wee Play Adventure play area. Guests can celebrate the season with special yuletide crafts, creative play and encounters with special animal visitors throughout the day.

Santa’s Village is included with general zoo admission. Currently, the zoo is offering buy one, get one free tickets through February 29, 2016 during Kroger BOGO Days.

Knoxville Zoo is Knoxville’s largest year-round attraction. Located off exit 392 from Interstate 40, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Eve and 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. For more visit

Published December 3, 2015

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