Lions, and Tigers, and Santa

The holidays are supposed to be about spend- ing time with loved ones. Sure, it’s nice to see long-lost distant relatives, catch up on family gossip, eat, and exchange gifts. But these days, it’s all about the photo opps. And there’s no better character to include than jolly old Saint Nick himself. Of course, you could wait around like the commoners in the mall, or you could make a meal out of it and do breakfast with Santa. Though there have been eat-and-greet options across South Florida throughout the season, you still have time to get in on the grub and holiday spirit at one the area’s best venues, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society. In celebration of the holidays, the zoo is combining Christmas personified with fuzzy animals — as well as plenty of perfect-picture backdrops. On Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 or 10:30 a.m., the zoo wants you to break your fast with Mr. and Mrs. Clause. The event features a hot buffet breakfast that includes waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, omelets, pastries, coffee, and juice, with mimosas available for purchase. But the fun doesn’t end there: Get in on private, up-close animal encounters and all-day admission to the zoo. Obviously, it’s all topped off with a meet-and-great and photo op with the big man. The cost to attend is $32.95 for adults, $24.95 for kids 3 to 12, and $4.95 for those 2 and under. The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-547-WILD, or visit
Sun., Dec. 21, 2014
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