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Santa at the Zoo

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Book your slot now for a VIP Breakfast with Santa experience, or the opportunity to meet Santa when he comes by for a visit to bring gifts to your GPZ animals! 

Whether you choose the VIP Breakfast or a regular session with Santa, everyone can enjoy the animals having their holiday! The following animals will receive gifts from Santa and one of our GPZ Zookeepers will be giving a Zookeeper Chat to tell you all about them and their enrichment: 

  • 12:00  Amur Tiger
  • 12:30 Japanese Macaques (Snow Monkeys)
  • 1:00 Brown bears
  • 1:30 African Painted Dogs
  • 2:00 Bison
  • 2:30 Camel


VIP Breakfast with Santa

Our VIP Breakfast with Santa is an exclusive opportunity to enjoy our space decorated for the holidays! Magic will be in the air as your children are able to have a meet and greet with Santa, being sure to tell him exactly what they'd like for Christmas this year. After, join Santa in a catered breakfast of eggs, bacon/sausage, hashbrowns, assorted rolls and donuts, and juice and coffee. You'll take away memories that last a lifetime and a GPZ Christmas ornament to remember the event! 

December 5, 2020 - 8:00 am - 10:00 am

*Tables will be set up socially distanced. We encourage the wearing of masks when indoors and not eating. Children will be able to pose with Santa, but we will try to create some social distance between the children and Santa. Tickets include Zoo admission.

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Santa at the Zoo

Santa will be making a pit stop at your Great Plains Zoo to drop off presents for the animals and he set aside some time to meet you! Book your time slot now to visit Santa! Parents, we highly encourage you to bring your cameras to capture these memories. Kids can also drop off their letters to Santa!

Once you've had your time with Santa, don't forget to explore the rest of your GPZoo and watch the animals enjoying their Christmas gifts! 

December 5, 2020 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

*We highly encourage all guests to wear masks when indoors or in close contact with anyone outside of their household. The line to see Santa will be socially distanced. Santa will be wearing a face shield, and we will have all kids sit in front of Santa for photos to allow some social distancing. Tickets include Zoo admission.

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For questions, please call us at 605-367-7003 or email 

  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.