UTICA — The annual Utica Zoo Holiday Hoot has added a new event to this year’s festivities — Breakfast with Santa!

Join Santa for breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Utica Zoo Auditorium. Seatings are at 9 and 11 a.m.

Enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, juice, milk, and coffee by A Moveable Feast by O’Connor’s and of course Santa Claus. Delight in animal meet and greets, stories, crafts, and holiday photos with Santa.

Tickets are $24 for adults and $12 for children. Tickets must be purchased in advance and there are a limited number of available tickets.

For information and tickets, visit UticaZoo.org/holidayhoot.

There also will be photos with Santa for all visitors at 1 p.m. which is included in Zoo admission. A photographer will be available, but visitors may also feel free to bring their own cameras. Visitors can enjoy story time and crafts, animal meet and greets, candy canes and cookies, and hot chocolate. Tickets are not required, and Utica Zoo members receive free admission.

All visitors are encouraged to visit the Utica Zoo gift shop for holiday shopping for the animal lovers on their list, including animal adoptions and gift memberships. The Utica Zoo gift shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day (except Thanksgiving and Christmas).

To stay up to date on all things Utica Zoo, visit UticaZoo.org.