Dinner with Santa is sold out. Thank you for your support!

Holiday Dinner and Wild Lights

Enjoy a festive family meal and make memories at Dinner with Santa at the Zoo! 

Your evening includes:

  • Dinner buffet in the lower level of The Living World
  • Private table for your family
  • Take-your-own photo opportunities with Santa and other costumed characters
  • Surprise gift for children (ages 12 and under)
  • Free parking (as available)
  • Tickets to Wild Lights

2022 Event Dates

  • Monday, December 19 (sold out)
  • Tuesday, December 20 (sold out)
  • Wednesday, December 21 (sold out)
  • Thursday, December 22 (sold out)

What's for Dinner?

Buffet dinner includes:

  • Garden salad (ranch and Italian dressing)
  • Fresh fruit
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Broccoli and carrot coins
  • Salmon with dill
  • Smoked turkey breast, turkey gravy
  • Cheese tortellini with roasted vegetables
  • Chicken strips
  • Dinner rolls
  • Assorted desserts

For specific dietary restrictions or concerns, contact a Registered Events representative at (314) 646-4897.

Visit from Santa

Your family will have the opportunity to meet with Santa and take photos. Children will also receive a special gift chosen by Santa's helpers. Holiday costumed characters will visit each table. Please note, there is no professional photographer at this event. Families are welcome to take their own photos.

Dinner Reservations

All seatings for Dinner with Santa are sold out. Thank you for your support!

Zoo Member Reservations

  • $22/child (ages 2-12)
  • $35/adult (ages 13+)
  • Free for children under age 2

General Admission (non-member) Reservations

  • $24/child (ages 2-12)
  • $37/adult (ages 13+)
  • Free for children under age 2

 Tickets are non-refundable.


Parking on the Zoo lot is free for those with Dinner with Santa reservations. Please park on the North Lot on Government Drive and enter through the North Entrance (The Living World building).

While parking for the event is free, lots are filled on first-come, first-served basis and may reach capacity. If lots are full, limited street parking within the boundaries of Forest Park also is available for free. See detailed directions to parking lots.

Wild Lights

In addition to a delicious dinner, each Dinner with Santa ticket includes admission to Wild Lights (weather permitting).

  • 5 p.m. Dinner with Santa guests can enjoy the lights after dinner
  • 7 p.m. Dinner with Santa guests are encouraged to enjoy the lights before dinner.