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Christmas event allows guests to stroll through lit-up pine trees while listening to seasonal music, with stories for kids and animal meets

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Promotional value expires Jan 1, 2017. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Valid only for Wild Wonderland event 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Front gate closes at 7:30 p.m. Not valid for regular park admission. Valid December 2–4, 9–11, and 16–31 nightly. Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas. Drive-through portion of park currently closed; walk-through only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $12 for admission for two to Wild Wonderland ($24 value)
  • $24 for admission for four to Wild Wonderland ($48 value)
  • $36 for admission for six to Wild Wonderland ($72 value)

Guests to the park can get into the holiday spirit and enjoy the magic of Wild Wonderland at Bearizona, a family-friendly event which allows visitors to stroll the Fort Bearizona area of the park at night, past normal operating hours. Lights and sounds of the season will be all around while guests can see lights in the pine trees synchronized to traditional Christmas tunes, and Mrs. Claus makes an appearance for a nightly story time at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the gift shop, stopping for a photo op afterward. The park features more activities than ever this year, with a craft area and some of their sturdier animals available for viewing as they open their presents early. Program animals also show up in the gift shop for a meet from 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Guests can purchase Christmas goodies and warm up with seasonal beverages at the snack bar and in the foyer of the gift shop, and even can make s’mores at the outdoor fire pit. Learn more here.

Good to Know
  • Doors open: 5 p.m.
  • Front gate close: 7:30 p.m.
  • Doors close: 8 p.m.
  • Light show: 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Program animal meet and greet: 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Mrs. Claus story time: 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • When: every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in December through December 19, then every evening through December 31. Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
  • Can I drive through?

The drive-through portion of the park is closed during the event, as Wild Wonderland takes place in the walk-through section of the park only.

  • Will I be able to see any animals?

Animal viewing is limited at the event, as many animals need access to warmed dens during the colder evenings.

  • Can I walk around the entire park during Wild Wonderland?

No, certain areas are closed for the event. Guests should remain on the lighted designated path at all times.

  • Is food available for purchase?

Yes. The snack bar will be open and serving specialty holiday items in addition to Christmas-themed beverages. Guests can also purchase food and drinks in the foyer of the gift shop.

  • What happens if it snows?

Wild Wonderland remains open during most snow storms, as crew work to ensure guests can enjoy the event in inclement weather. In extreme cases of ice, certain areas of the walk-through will be roped off for safety. Guests should plan to dress appropriately for cold weather.

  • Are flashlights permitted?

No, flashlights, laser pointers, and other lighting devices are not permitted for the safety of animals and as a courtesy to other guests.


Just south of the gateway to the Grand Canyon stands Bearizona, a drive-thru wildlife exhibit that regales creature-seeking carpools with bison, mountain goats, and other animals from the comfort of their own automobile. The 3-mile drive takes guests through sprawling enclosures, where they can peer in on packs of cuddly arctic wolves or ask black bears for directions to the nearest stocked cooler. After traversing the park’s drive-thru section, visitors can stroll through the forested Fort Bearizona, which houses exhibits of smaller animals and Bearizona Barnyard, an interactive petting zoo.

Customer Reviews

Loved it! Friendly staff and clean grounds!
Melissa S. · January 16, 2017
very enjoyable experience. Amazed at how many animals were out and about at night.
Ron O. · January 6, 2017
Excellent visit. Great to see the wildlife at night. Wonderful lights and ambiance. Would highly recommend!
Mike S. · January 5, 2017

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