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Holiday Magic 2023!

12 December 2023

The City of Atascadero proudly presents Holiday Magic!
Saturday, December 16th, 10 am - 1 pm

The Charles Paddock Zoo is pleased to announce Holiday Magic 2023 on Saturday, December 16th from 10 am until 1 pm! The zookeepers have stepped in as Santa’s Elves to prepare gifts for the animals and Santa will also be on-site to welcome our visitors!

Here at the Zoo it doesn’t matter if you are naughty or nice! Our scheduled gift delivery begins at 10 am and goes until 1 pm. Gifts will be delivered to the animals throughout this timeframe along with activities for the entire family to enjoy throughout the day. We are excited to welcome Central Coast Garden Railroad Society with their model railroad display, plus holiday music by Garry Brill and our Cockroach Holiday Village. The Sausage Slinger will also be on hand for yummy food purchases! There will be something for everyone to enjoy, plus the Zoo is dressed up with holiday decorations, so come celebrate the season with us! See how our animals tear into their gifts from the meerkats to the tiger to the monkeys.

2023 Holiday Magic Flyer

Following is the Holiday Magic gift-giving schedule:

10:15 am - Meerkats

10:30 am – Spider Monkey

10:45 am - Mongoose Lemur

11:00 am - Tiger

11:30 am - Binturongs

11:45 am - Marmoset

12:00 pm - Aldabra Tortoise

12:15 pm - Red Fronted Macaws

12:30 pm - Giant Anteater

12:45 pm - Seriema

All of our animals made the nice list this year and Santa has become overwhelmed with their wish list! If you are interested in helping Santa with the animal wish list and making sure our critters have an extra special holiday, please go to the following link to see the variety of Charles Paddock Zoo Enrichment items the animals enjoy: Thank you in advance for your support.

A special THANK YOU to our sponsors!! Presenting Sponsor, Courtney Morrow with State Farm Insurance; Supporting Sponsor, Stout Pediatric and our Friend Sponsor, Five Star Rain Gutters. Thank you for all you do to support the Zoo and this event!

Holiday Magic is a great time to come visit the Zoo and the events of the day are included with regular admission! Visit our Zoo Gift shop for stocking stuffer ideas and remember our Zoo Memberships too, as they make a great holiday gift!

Over 200 animals call the Charles Paddock Zoo home, including red pandas, monkeys, meerkats, parrots, a Malayan Tiger, a variety of reptiles and more! The Charles Paddock Zoo is open Daily from 10 am until 4 pm. Regular admission is $13 for Adults 13 and over, $8 for children 5-12, $5 for children 3-4 and ages 2 and under are free and Seniors 65+ are $11. For more information about the Zoo, please visit our website at