North Carolina Zoo Announces New Holiday Event for 2019


Join the North Carolina Zoo for the reimagined, family-friendly holiday event: Believe in the Magic of the Season. The annual event will offer a new experience that offers daytime holiday fun and an opportunity to see all the animals at the Zoo. Holiday décor, music, and seasonal menu items will all be a part of the event.

“Believe” will take place at the North Carolina Zoo on the following dates: Dec. 14 -15 (Sat., Sun.), and Dec. 20-21 (Fri.-Sat.) Both days are 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Make up day for bad weather is Sun, Dec. 22.

Tickets for Zoo admission must be purchased in addition to “Believe” tickets for each day of entry into the event.

Your best value is to order online! Purchasing “Believe” tickets in advance will cost $10 per person. With the purchase of an advance ticket for “Believe,” you will receive a $2 discount off Zoo admission. No other discounts apply. Advance ticket sales for each day of “Believe” will end the day prior at 9 p.m.

Purchasing “Believe” tickets the day of the event will cost $15 per person plus full Zoo admission.

“Believe” admission is free for children under the age of 2 with a paying adult.

What does a ticket to “Believe” include?

“Believe” tickets include the following activities in Junction Plaza:

  • Holiday memory maker photo with Santa (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Unlimited rides on our festive carousel
  • Treats from Mrs. C’s bakery
  • Make and take home an ornament from Buddy the Elf’s craft station
  • Facepainting
  • Photo ops with Zoo mascot animals
  • Virtual Reality Safari Experience

There is also the opportunity to see many of our animals receive ice treats during the event. A schedule for the ice treat feedings and regular feeding times can be found on our website,

Be sure to get your tickets now—only online at our website,