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See reason for season in live nativity
Zoo sets scene with the animals
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Holiday celebration

When: 6 p.m. Nov. 28-30

Where: 2912 Paradise Valley Road, Cleveland

Cost: $25 adults and $23 children in advance; $30 adults and $28 children at door

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With Thanksgiving focused on the family and Black Friday focused on shopping, the North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm focuses this weekend on the real reason for the season.

The zoo will begin its holiday celebration and starry night tours featuring the live nativity scene of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus with all of the animals in the manger.

The live nativity will be at the end of a hayride around the zoo followed by a marshmallow roast and wool jump and other activities.

The holiday celebration will be Nov. 28-30 with starry night tours beginning at 6 p.m.

Participants are asked to bring a flashlight as they will hear the wolves howl and meet the nocturnal animals such as an owl.

Next, visitors can take a hayride past the camels, yaks and water buffalo.

Then they can feed and pet animals as the guide shares the story about Jesus and God’s animals.

A bonfire will be set up to roast marshmallows, sing Christmas carols and enjoy time family and friends under the stars. 

Reservations are recommended. By registering in advance, visitors can receive a $5 discount.

Reserved tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for children. Infants are free.

Tickets $30 for adults and $28 for children at the gate.

Group rates with reservations of 20 or more is $20.

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