Families normally go to the zoo to see animals.
Today, the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck welcomes everyone for extra Christmas festivities.
Families start their morning off with breakfast at the zoo.
Volunteers work hard out in the cold to prepare delicious pancakes, sausage, eggs, and bacon.
Workers say the animals can be particularly active during these events.
This seems to be the case for an excited brother and sister.
"We have been eating and then we checked out other kinds of animals. And there was this crazy snake back there trying to always see that light," say Isaac & Mia Peterson.
And we can't forget about Santa.
Even though there's only a few days until Christmas, kids were able to sit on his lap, take their picture with him, and of course, tell him what's on their wish list this year.
"I asked him for a Furby. I asked him for a stuffed cheetah," say Eleanor and Daisy Dickson.
Santa also told our reporter Steph Scheurer that he was excited he'd be on the news today.
It may have been in the 40s this morning, but that did not stop kids from lining up at the local water park this afternoon.
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