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Enjoy a festive family meal and make the merriest of memories at Dinner with Santa at the Saint Louis Zoo.

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Includes tickets to U.S. Bank Wild Lights!


Dinner buffet in the lower level of The Living World • Private table for your family • Take-your-own photo opportunities with Santa and other costumed characters • Surprise gift for children (ages 12 and under) • Free parking (as available)

2023 Event Dates

  • Monday, Dec. 18
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20
  • Thursday, Dec. 21

Meet Santa!

Your family will have the opportunity to meet with Santa and take photos. Children will also receive a special gift chosen by Santa's helpers. Holiday costumed characters will visit each table.

Please note, there is no professional photographer at this event. Families are welcome to take their own photos.

Buffet Menu

  • Garden salad (ranch and Italian dressing)
  • Fresh fruit
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Broccoli and carrot coins
  • Salmon with dill
  • Smoked turkey breast, turkey gravy
  • Cheese tortellini with roasted vegetables
  • Chicken strips
  • Dinner rolls
  • Assorted desserts

For specific dietary restrictions or concerns, please enter restrictions on the registration website or contact a Registered Events representative at (314) 646-4897 at the time of registration. Dietary restrictions cannot be accepted if they are not turned in immediately.

U.S. Bank Wild Lights

Each Dinner with Santa ticket includes admission to Wild Lights (weather permitting)!

  • 5 p.m. Dinner with Santa guests will enjoy the lights after dinner.
  • 7 p.m. Dinner with Santa guests can enjoy the lights before dinner.
Wild Lights

Parking is free

Parking on the Zoo lot is free with your Dinner with Santa reservation. Please park on the North Lot on Government Drive and enter through the North Entrance (The Living World building).

Please note, lots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and may reach capacity. If lots are full, limited street parking within the boundaries of Forest Park also is available for free. (See detailed directions to parking lots.)