Celebrate the Season

Get in the holiday spirit at the National Aviary!

Kick off the holidays but skip the winter weather! At the National Aviary, you can explore a tropical paradise and celebrate the season with a dynamic new show, visits from Santa, holiday camps, and opportunities to check everyone off your shopping list! 

Make your visit to the one-and-only National Aviary unforgettable with these festive experiences:
      • Bird Brains | Daily at 11 am and 1:30 pm
        Except for Tuesdays when our birds are resting.
        Test your bird intelligence quotient with this new, limited time show with a holiday twist! Watch colorful parrots compete in an obstacle course, and see friendly flamingos. You’ll be in awe of our clever crow, majestic owl and adorable penguin as they each demonstrate their intelligence and adapations.

      • VIP Experience - Call to set up the ideal time for you!
        Get the star treatment with this half-day experience, customized just for you. You'll get to go behind-the-scenes and meet beautiful birds up close. Call 412-258-9439 to book your one-of-a-kind day.

      • Birdly® by SOMNIACS - flights available daily 
        Santa's not the only one that can fly through the skies this holiday season! Dive between skyscrapers and feel the wind in your hair as you dip and turn or glide peacefully above Central Park. 


Check out what's new this winter:

  • NOW LIVE! Penguin Nest Cam
    Our African Penguins Sidney and Bette are expecting chicks. Watch in real-time as this penguin family grows. 
  • NEW! Armadillo Pup Encounter - daily at 2:30 pm
    Learn all about Southern Three-banded Armadillos, take photos of him, touch his natural armor, and interact with him using enrichment toys.
  • Photos with Santa and his Penguin Helper- December 16 | 11 am
    Bring your wishlist and your camera and make a festive ornament!
  • Holiday Shopping Day - December 8
    Receive 10% off in the Gift Shop (Members receive 20% off!)
  • Santa Brunch - December 10 | 9 am (11:30 am Brunch is SOLD OUT!)
    Enjoy brunch by Atria's and meet Santa and his penguin friend.
  • Penguin Painting –  December 10 | 3 pm
    The National Aviary's talented African Penguins paint with their feet! Guests can choose festive colors for their painting and watch the adorable artist at work, then take home a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Makes a great gift!
  • Holiday Camps - December 27-30 for ages 6-8 & 9-12
    Beat winter break boredom! Kids will love our new owl camps where they can dissect an owl pellet and penguin camps where they can watch a fun penguin feeding. Register the same camper for both camps and save $20!
  • Fly One, Get One - until December 31
    When you purchase one flight on Birdly®, you'll get a second flight FREE! 


Find One-of-a-Kind Gifts and Souvenirs!

  • Maker Challenge - Local Art featuring the National Aviary's most popular animals is available for purchase in our gift shop. Visit to discover beautiful pieces for your home and thoughtful gifts for friends and family. 
  • National Aviary Gift Shop - Find an array of unique nature-themed gifts, artwork, books, toys, and clothing for every occasion! Find thoughtful gifts for everyone on your shopping list, like fun and festive ornaments. Need more ideas? Look no further than our Holiday Gift Guide!