During the holidays, you typically try to find where Santa Claus is in Illinois or anywhere throughout the Quad Cities to have your kids take a picture with him. But have you ever met Santa Paws?

You and your kids can meet Santa Paws when he comes back to town in December at our favorite Illinois zoo. Not only can kids get a photo with Santa Paws, but they can eat with the holiday animal, do activities, and more. As the parent, you'll need to register them now.

Niabi Zoo
Niabi Zoo

Santa Paws Is Coming To Town

It's not the holiday season without a visit from Santa Paws. Santa Paws is coming to the Niabi Zoo (13010 Niabi Zoo Road, Coal Valley, IL) for one fun-filled weekend.

Niabi Zoo
Niabi Zoo

Santa Paws will be in town on Saturday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 17 but you must register you and your kids if you want to meet him.

On Saturday, kids who register to meet Santa Paws will have that chance from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Kids and those who register get to have breakfast with Santa Paws,  decorate cookies with the elves, make crafts, and get a photo with Santa Paws.

If you want to register you and your kids for Sunday's visit, you'll be able to have lunch with Santa Paws and do all of those same activities from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. that Sunday.

Google View
Google View

After each event with Santa Paws, participants can see some of the Niabi Zoo's winter animals on a special tour. Make sure you bring warm clothes as it might be a little chilly out there.

To register you and your kid(s) to meet and eat with Santa Paws at the Niabi Zoo in December, do so ASAP here. 

Below is the pricing for each event:

  • Child (age 2 & under) = Free
  • Member – Child (age 3-12) = $20
  • Non-Member – Child (age 3-12) = $25
  • Member – Adult = $30
  • Non-Member – Adult = $35

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