Christmas is over, but the week-long festival of Kwanzaa is just beginning. And the Denver Zoo's fourth annual Kwanzaa celebration, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at the zoo's Gates Center, 2300 Steele Street, is another holiday animal altogether. "There will be stations about African animals, and a lot of the African dances and stories being performed have a connection to the animals," says Patrick Phelan, the zoo's director of marketing. Live demonstrations will allow you to get up close and personal with the animals, and several of the buildings will be open so that you can see the elephants, giraffes and other favorites.
The festivities include storytelling by Jonathan Knox at 6 and 8 p.m., as well as African drummers and dancers performing at 7; the Zoo Lights holiday display is included in the price of admission. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children (under two get in free), and are available online at www.denverzoo.org or at the gate. For more information, call 303-376-4800.
Dec. 26-27, 5-9 p.m., 2009