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  • Lights Before Christmas

    November 21–December 30 — Don’t miss the Midlands’ most popular holiday tradition! Tickets are on sale now. All Zoo members enjoy a free visit.

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  • Shared Holiday Party Night at Lights

    Dec 18, 6-9pm, Ndoki Lodge - Join us for our all-new shared Holiday Party Night at Lights. Perfect for small groups of friends, family members or small companies!

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  • Zoo Book Makes Great Gift

    Riverbanks Zoo and Garden: Forty Wild Years is sure to be a favorite for family and friends near and far. On sale now at the Zoo’s main gift shop. Zoo members get 10% off!

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  • Winter Zoo Camp

    December 29–31—Campers ages 5 to 10 will enjoy up-close encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, zoo walks, games, crafts and more! Limited space available. Register today.

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  • Spreading Our Wings

    Over the next 2 years, the landscape at Riverbanks will vastly change as a result of a $36 million dollar expansion. Stay up-to-date on how your Zoo’s future is shaping up!

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Please Note

TEMPORARY AQUARIUM DIVE CANCELLATION :

The 12:30pm Aquarium dive presentation will not take place November 17-27 due to exciting upgrades taking place in the Aquarium-Reptile Complex. Please be sure to check out our other scheduled animal presentations each day.

Upcoming Events & Programs

Sunday, November 23

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 27th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The Zoo will light up each evening with more than one million twinkling lights and countless animated images representing some of Riverbanks’ most loveable residents. Guests can roast marshmallows at the jingle bell bonfire, visit with Santa and enjoy the festive sounds of the Music in Motion lights spectacular. Riverbanks is also the only place in town where it snows every night!
Cost: $10 Adults / $8 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Monday, November 24

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 27th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The Zoo will light up each evening with more than one million twinkling lights and countless animated images representing some of Riverbanks’ most loveable residents. Guests can roast marshmallows at the jingle bell bonfire, visit with Santa and enjoy the festive sounds of the Music in Motion lights spectacular. Riverbanks is also the only place in town where it snows every night!
Cost: $10 Adults / $8 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

Tuesday, November 25

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 27th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The Zoo will light up each evening with more than one million twinkling lights and countless animated images representing some of Riverbanks’ most loveable residents. Guests can roast marshmallows at the jingle bell bonfire, visit with Santa and enjoy the festive sounds of the Music in Motion lights spectacular. Riverbanks is also the only place in town where it snows every night!
Cost: $10 Adults / $8 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover at the Zoo! Meet a few of our animal friends up-close, sneak a peek behind-the-scenes with animal staff and experience the sights and sounds of Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Your overnight adventure will also include a marshmallow roast and free zoo admission the following day. Cost: $50 per person. Groups must have a minimum of 25 participants and a maximum of 50. Available dates are limited so register early by calling 803.602.0803.

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Lights Before Christmas
Nov 21 – Dec 30 @ 5:00–9:00pm
**CLOSED NOV 27, DEC 24 AND 25**
$10 Adults / $8 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
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500 Wildlife Parkway • Columbia, SC 29210 • 803.779.8717
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