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Special Events

Throughout the year, Zoo New England celebrates and engages with the community by hosting and sponsoring fantastic special events. And when you’re looking for educational programs and everyday happenings at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, we have those too!

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    Stone Zoo
    November 22 - January 4, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Closed Nov. 28 and Dec. 25)

    Our annual festival of lights promises to dazzle visitors of all ages this holiday season.

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    Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, December 14, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Meet Santa at the Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan for free family photos!

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    Ice Princesses at ZooLights

    Stone Zoo
    December 26 - 29, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Feel like you’re in a winter wonderland of lights as you visit with the ice princesses at Stone Zoo’s ZooLights!

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    December School Vacation Week- FPZ

    Franklin Park Zoo
    December 26 – January 4, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Spend a WILD winter school vacation week at Franklin Park Zoo!

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    Zoo Year's Eve

    Stone Zoo's Animal Discovery Center
    Tuesday, December 31, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Put on your party hats and celebrate the Zoo Year with us!

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    Black Bear Birthday Party

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, January 11, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Oh brother! Black bears Smoky and Bubba are celebrating their 14th birthday in January, and guests are invited to join the festivities!

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    Lunar New Year Celebration

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, January 18, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    In celebration of the Lunar New Year, enjoy special performances, crafts and zookeeper chats!

  • Free Admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Franklin Park Zoo & Stone Zoo
    Monday, January 20, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Enjoy free admission in honor of Martin Luther King Day!

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    Cambridge Royal Sonesta
    Saturday, May 9, 2020, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.

    Zootopia is our annual creative, black-tie gala benefitting both Zoos.

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    Brew at the Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo

    This annual beer-tasting event features stations hosted by local breweries and restaurants.

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    Ales & Tails

    Stone Zoo

    Sip brews among the animals at this wild beer-tasting!