It’s the most magical time of the year at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens! Ccreate memories with the entire family while learning about wildlife in a festive and socially distant atmosphere during Joy at SF Zoo, December 5 through January 3. While you stroll around the Zoo, enjoy Skipper’s Elf ‘n’ Go Seek and take photos at our holiday themed village houses. Advance online reservations are required.


Skipper’s Elf ‘n’ Go Seek

Santa Claus and his reindeer will remain in the North Pole this season, however, his merry elves will have a presence in the form of a new activity – Skipper’s Elf ‘n’ Go Seek – where guests can stroll around the Zoo and spot the various elves (or at least their hats and shoes) hiding around the Zoo. “Skipper” is one of the Zoo’s North American river otters, native throughout the U.S. and Canada, and honorary mascot of the event.

Festive Photo Ops

Guests can take holiday photos in front of charming holiday festooned village houses stationed around the Zoo that includes a life-sized Gingerbread House located in Greenie’s Conservation Garden. The Sugar Plum Fairy Garden features tiny doors decorated with wreaths, and Peppermint Plaza features limited holiday food and beverage specialties and outdoor dining at the Leaping Lemur Café.

Holiday Gift Guide

Make San Francisco Zoo your one stop shop for all your holiday shopping this year!

Gift Membership

Support the Zoo’s mission and gift an SF Zoo Membership with a limited offer bonus month! With unlimited year-round admission, a Membership is a gift that keeps on giving. Membership Vouchers function like a gift card, so the Membership doesn’t start until the voucher is redeemed. 


Truly the gift that keeps on giving, Adopt-an-Animal packages support your favorite animals at the Zoo and make a perfect gift for loved ones of all ages. Through December 25th, all Friend level packages are available for 25% off PLUS we are offering a buy three, get one free deal on Adopt-an-Animal gift vouchers. Simply add four vouchers to your cart and the fourth will be free! With 28 animals to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect companion for everyone on your list! For guaranteed delivery by December 25th, please place all orders no later than December 15th. For more information, please contact

Online Gift Shop

Don't forget to check out the Online Gift Shop this holiday season. There store has a range of unique gifts including apparel, masks, plush and more! The Black Friday sale runs from November 27 - November 30.

Giving Tuesday Online Auction

Coming December 1, 2020.