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It's a magical time to be at the zoo. And, bonus: it's free!

As much as most people enjoy the holiday season, it can get costly. Traveling, gifts, food and everything else result in one massive snow-covered bill. But one thing that won’t cost a penny this year is a trip to see penguins waddle around a local zoo.

Milwaukee County Zoo is closing out 2017 with Frosty Free Week, a week of free admission for any visitor from Dec. 25 – Jan. 1.

Jennifer Diliberti-Shea, a public relations coordinator for the zoo, said they are using Frosty Free Week as a way to thank zoo-goers for their continued support over the last year. The week will also wrap up their 125th anniversary celebrations, which began in Jan. 2017.

polar bear at the Milwaukee County Zoo

Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee County Zoo

It’s no coincidence that they’ve chosen a holiday-heavy week to attempt to draw crowds in. The zoo is trying to give back to the Milwaukee community, plus get into the holiday spirit season by decorating with ice sculptures of favorite animals. They’ll be spread out throughout the grounds, along with a unique anniversary ice sculpture also on display.

Admittedly, the winter months are considered a low season for Milwaukee County Zoo. However, the lack of crowds creates a more relaxed experience, and you can get much closer to the animals. Winter furry friends include Snow Lily the polar bear, caribou, penguins, seals and reindeer. Of course, all of the other animals will still be hanging around as well, and the smaller crowds will up the chances of seeing some of the newborns.

The zoo will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 25 and Dec. 30 – Jan. 1. The zoo will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. all other days of the week. The parking fee still applies during Frosty Free Week.

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