Knoxville Zoo adds Santa Village

Knoxville, Tenn. – Santa Claus will be available to hear Christmas wishes and pose for holiday photos Thursday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. each day.  Guests may bring their own cameras for photos or purchase portraits taken by a professional photographer.

Located indoors at the Pilot Flying J Wee Play Adventure play area, the halls of Santa’s Village are all decked for the holidays with dozens of trees and thousands of lights.  Guests can celebrate the season with special yuletide crafts, creative play and encounters with special animal visitors throughout the day.

Santa's Village

Santa’s Village is included with general Knoxville Zoo admission.  Currently, the zoo is offering buy one, get one free tickets through February 29, 2016 during Kroger BOGO Days. Photo submitted.

Knoxville Zoo is Knoxville’s largest year-round attraction.  Located off exit 392 from Interstate 40, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Knoxville Zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Currently, the zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. For more information, please call 865.637.5331 ext. 300 or visit