It’s the most magical time of the year at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens! Create new memories for the entire family and experience the wonder of the holiday season during Joy at SF Zoo!

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 during “Joy at SF Zoo” in the form of a new activity – Skipper’s Elf ‘n’ Go Seek – where guests can stroll around the Zoo and sport 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. As you try and spot the elves, take holiday photos in front of our charming holiday village houses staged around the Zoo.

Wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater and Receive a Free Ride on the Carousel
On Saturday and Sunday, December 11 & 12 and 18 & 19, guests wearing an ugly Christmas sweater receive a free ride on the Carousel from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (** On Saturday, December 11, free rides for those in sweaters will be from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Make sure to stop by the Leaping Lemur Cafe for plenty of holiday cheer, and our very own SF Zoo beer, and the Gift Shop for special gifts for the loved ones in your life.