The New Toronto Zoo Holiday Drive-Thru

The recent lock-down in effect in Toronto has forced The Toronto Zoo to temporarily close its doors to pedestrian traffic, but that's not stopping the Zoo from celebrating the holidays with families. The city's popular attraction has announced a new Drive-Thru experience ― a family-friendly and COVID-safe event that allows visitors to see the beauty of winter at the Zoo via a special holiday route, from the safety and warmth of their vehicle.

The event runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm until December 21st.  Timed tickets must be pre-purchased online in advance. Based on demand, additional days may be added in December.

Drive past the Toronto Zoo's 35 foot tall Christmas Tree and the new Holiday Marketplace on your way to see Santa Claus himself! Kids can bring their letter to Santa for a COVID-safe drop off. (Note: Your letter to Santa is part of Canada Post's Write to Santa program so be sure to follow the proper instructions.) After a drive-by visit with Santa, continue on to see a few special sights. You'll spot Santa’s cottage where some of his reindeer (caribou) currently reside. Catch a glimpse of the Enrichment Toy Workshop to see some of the Toronto Zoo's Elves making toys for the animals.

As part of this new program, the Toronto Zoo is working with the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Toronto Firefighters' Toy Drive. Guests are encouraged to bring food and new toy donations to the Zoo when they do the drive thru, to help the community in need.

The length of the drive-thru is approximately 15 to 20 minute, and due to the popularity of Santa, times may vary along the route. The cost of the drive-thru per car is $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members. The revenue from this experience will be going towards the Zoo's operating costs and animal care.

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