Spend December School Vacation Week at Franklin Park Zoo

Looking for a great way to end the year? During your winter school vacation week, connect with incredible wildlife and spend a memorable day with family and friends exploring Franklin Park Zoo. Be sure to visit the education station inside the Tropical Forest, where you’ll learn about the amazing adaptations of animals during the cold winter months. There will also be fun winter-themed activities, crafts, zookeeper encounters and much more to explore!

Holiday Sale and Open House

Join us at Stonybrook for our holiday sale and open house on December 9th! Come and check out the studio and local artists' work. Visitors can carve their own tile design in a sand mold, or scratch block, and we will cast it in aluminum shortly after. Creating your own aluminum tile for yourself or as a gift is $20 for 1 or $35 for 2, but watching us pour the molten metal in our lot is free! Refreshments will be inside along with artwork for sale.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Holidays with Haydn!

Enjoy 18th century parlor music in our 18th century parlor! In celebration of the holiday season, the Loring Greenough House is hosting a special chamber music concert featuring students from the world-renown Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Alumni from Walnut Hill are currently members of major symphony orchestras around the globe. The works of Haydn will be featured (with a little Mozart, too!) A festive reception with light refreshments will follow. Don't miss this chance to see and hear the classical music stars of tomorrow! --

Tickets: $15 general admission and $10 for LGH members* plus a small processing fee.

The Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan and Santa Visit Franklin Park Zoo

The Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan is coming to Franklin Park Zoo! Look for the illuminating truck as it brings Santa to the Zoo on Saturday, December 8. Guests will be able to meet and take a free family photo with Santa between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Warm up inside the Tropical Forest building as you watch some of the animals receive festive enrichment. There will also be a fun craft to take home and an activity at the education station.

Loring Greenough House Holiday Open House

Join us as we open the Loring Greenough House for a weekend of fun and festivities! On Saturday, join us in our newly restored kitchen for cookie decorating and mulled apple cider. Carols by Random Chants and holiday decorations will fill the house. From 1 to 2pm, stop by with your furry friend for pet portrait photos with Mrs. “Claws”! Both Saturday and Sunday, you can browse our Holiday Art Sale featuring local artists and handmade wares–perfect for holiday shopping! Walk through the halls of our Revolutionary War house in all its festive glory!