Asheboro, NC - Join the North Carolina Zoo for the reimagined, family-friendly holiday event: Believe in the Magic of the Season. The annual event will offer a new experience that offers daytime holiday fun and an opportunity to see all the animals at the Zoo. Holiday décor, music, and seasonal menu items will all be a part of the event.

“Believe” will take place at the North Carolina Zoo on the following dates: Dec. 14 -15 (Sat., Sun.), and Dec. 20-21 (Fri.-Sat.) Both days are 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Make up day for bad weather is Sun, Dec. 22.

Tickets for Zoo admission must be purchased in addition to “Believe” tickets for each day of entry into the event.

Your best value is to order online! Purchasing “Believe” tickets in advance will cost $10 per person. With the purchase of an advance ticket for “Believe,” you will receive a $2 discount off Zoo admission. No other discounts apply. Advance ticket sales for each day of “Believe” will end the day prior at 9 p.m.

Purchasing “Believe” tickets the day of the event will cost $15 per person plus full Zoo admission.

“Believe” admission is free for children under the age of 2 with a paying adult.

What does a ticket to “Believe” include?

“Believe” tickets include the following activities in Junction Plaza:

  • Holiday memory maker photo with Santa (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Unlimited rides on our festive carousel
  • Treats from Mrs. C’s bakery
  • Make and take home an ornament from Buddy the Elf’s craft station
  • Facepainting
  • Photo ops with Zoo mascot animals
  • Virtual Reality Safari Experience

There is also the opportunity to see many of our animals receive ice treats during the event. A schedule for the ice treat feedings and regular feeding times can be found on our website,

Be sure to get your tickets now—only online at our website,


About the North Carolina Zoo

At the North Carolina Zoo, we celebrate nature. As the world’s largest natural habitat Zoo, we inspire a lifelong curiosity about animals for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit our Zoo each year. Our dedicated team of experts provides exceptional, compassionate care for the more than 1,800 animals and 52,000 plants that call our Park home. We also lead efforts locally and globally to protect wildlife and wild places because we believe nature’s diversity is critical for our collective future. The North Carolina Zoo invites all of our guests to witness the majesty of the wild in the heart of North Carolina and welcomes everyone to join in our mission to protect nature’s diversity. Visit to begin your life-changing journey.

About the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call 919- 807-7300 or visit