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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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  • Help Feed the Animals

    Its not too late to make your year-end donation! Just $50 to the annual fund could feed a giraffe for a week, a penguin for a month or an elephant for a day.

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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 Zoos future is shaping up!

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PHOTO CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED:

Congratulations to our #RiverbanksLights Instagram Photo Contest Winner, Forrest Clonts! To check out the winning submission, visit RiverbanksZoo on Facebook. Thanks to all who participated!

Upcoming Events & Programs

Sunday, December 28

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.

Monday, December 29

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.

Winter Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–10)
Animals may not have jewelry, purses, wallets, cell phones or fancy clothes, but they do have accessories! Discover how smelly tails, big ears, sharp claws and extra-long noses help animals overcome the challenges of life. Campers will get up close to some of the Zoo’s most outfitted creatures through storytelling, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and a behind-the-scenes tour.
Cost: $110 members / $150 general public

Tuesday, December 30

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.

Winter Zoo Camp
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 5–10)
Animals may not have jewelry, purses, wallets, cell phones or fancy clothes, but they do have accessories! Discover how smelly tails, big ears, sharp claws and extra-long noses help animals overcome the challenges of life. Campers will get up close to some of the Zoo’s most outfitted creatures through storytelling, games, zoo walks, animal encounters and a behind-the-scenes tour.
Cost: $110 members / $150 general public

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PHOTO CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED
Congratulations to our #RiverbanksLights Instagram Photo Contest Winner, Forrest Clonts! To check out the winning submission, visit RiverbanksZoo on Facebook. Thanks to all who participated!
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