Beginning Jan. 18, 2022, the Zoo is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last admittance 2:30 p.m.). Select animal buildings remain closed. Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces at the Zoo, regardless of their vaccination status. Fully vaccinated visitors do not need to wear a mask in outdoor areas.

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Smithsonian’s National Zoo Will Host GRUMP, a Holiday Market

  • Photo courtesy of Noctiluna Kidswear.
    Photo courtesy of Noctiluna Kidswear.
  • Photo courtesy of Studio Tuesday.
    Photo courtesy of Studio Tuesday.
  • Photo courtesy of Wool Gathering.
    Photo courtesy of Woolgathering.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo visitors will have the opportunity to find gifts for family and friends at GRUMP, a European-style outdoor market, Dec. 7, 8 and 9 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. during ZooLights, powered by Pepco.

Located near the Zoo’s Connecticut Avenue entrance, this alternative art and crafts holiday market features gifts for all ages made by more than 40 local artists. Unique and quirky finds include handmade clothing, jewelry and toys as well as inventive home décor made from upcycled materials. Shoppers will also find letterpress cards, prints, hand-bound books, glass art, sweet treats, DIY kits and more.

Featured artists vary each night, and visitors are encouraged to check out this free event throughout the weekend to fill all of their holiday shopping needs. For more information about this event and to view a full list of participating artists, visit the Zoo’s website.

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Photo 1 credit: Noctiluna Kidswear

Photo 2 credit: Studio Tuesday

Photo 3 credit: Woolgathering