Dinner with Santa

December 13, 14 and 15 5:30-7:30 p.m.

‘Tis the season to be jolly with friends and family at the Detroit Zoo! Join us for a buffet-style dinner in the warmth of the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery. This event includes a special gift for each child, arts and crafts, photo opportunities and a visit from Santa. The magic continues with admission to Wild Lights, where more than five million LED lights illuminate trees, buildings and 265 sculptures throughout the Zoo.

New this year! On December 12, Dinner with Santa will be a sensory-friendly experience. This event is exclusive to families of children with sensory sensitivities and has been created to promote a safe, accessible and welcoming environment. Lights will be dimmed, music will be turned down and the capacity will be reduced to help create a safe and less stimulating environment.

Detroit Zoological Society Members:

  • $45 adults 15 and older
  • $40 children 14 and under


  • $50 adults 15 and older
  • $45 children 14 and under

(The non-member price includes Zoo admission and parking.)

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are required for all children, regardless of age, as seating is limited.

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