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Milwaukee County Zoo will offer free admission from Dec. 25 - Jan. 1

Entertaining family over the holidays and looking for some cheap options? The Milwaukee County Zoo wants to help you out. From Dec. 25 through Jan. 1, the zoo will offer free admission to all guests as part of its Frosty Free Week. Parking and concession fees will still apply.

The forecasted mild weather for that stretch, with predicted highs in the 40s for at least a couple of days, makes that proposition even more enticing. And as the zoo writes on its website, there are some perks to visiting the zoo in the winter. Cold-weather animals are more active this time of the year.

"Visit the zoo’s cold-weather animals, like polar bear, Snow Lilly, and our caribou, and then warm up inside any of the Zoo’s animal buildings to enjoy your favorite indoor exhibits," the zoo writes. "Visitors will notice Snow Lilly, as well as the caribou and elk herds, are most active during the colder temperatures. Be sure to visit the Zoo’s North American river otters in their year-round outdoor exhibit, Otter Passage. You won’t want to miss these lively and animated animals as they slip, slide and frolic in their outdoor habitat!"

During Frosty Free Week, the zoo will be open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.