Zoo Knoxville celebrates the magic of the season with a special after-hours holiday event. Winter Nights presented by Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union will take place Thursday, Dec. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m. each evening.

Winter Nights will feature thousands of lights throughout the zoo’s East Tennessee Plaza and Boyd Family Asian Trek. Guests can share their Christmas wishes by writing a letter to the North Pole and pose for photos with Santa Claus in the magical, Christmas-tree-filled Santa’s Village. The holiday festivities also include carolers.

Cookie decorating, festive food and drinks and professional photos with Santa will be available for purchase. Tickets will also be available for rides on the Fuzzy-Go-Round carousel and the Holiday Express Train in Santa’s Village.

General admission tickets are $10 each for ages 4 and up, and children 3 and under get free admission. Zoo Knoxville annual passholders and Circle of Friends members tickets are $8 each for ages 4 and up. Parking is free.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at zooknoxville.org or at the ticket window upon arrival.