Gatorland’s Holiday Ho, Ho Ho-Down Brings Holiday Cheer to Park (Photos, Video)

Hi everyone!

We were invited out to experience Gatorland’s Holiday Ho, Ho Ho-Down, which is running on select weekends in December (December 5th and 6th, 13th and 14th, 19th and 20th, 2020). The first-ever holiday event at Gatorland includes entertainment; the Social Distancing Skunk Ape in his Santa costume; Gator Claus (Claws) and more! Here is a look at some of what you will find at Gatorland this holiday season.

Jeff met up with the Social Distancing Skunk Ape as he celebrates his first Christmas ever! The Social Distancing Skunk Ape has become quite the hit this year at Gatorland.

Here is our video overview, followed by a lot more photos. I recommend a Gatorland Annual Pass if local, it is very reasonably priced.

Social Distancing Skunk Ape was with a Gatorland performer in front of the Holiday Ho Ho Ho-Down backdrop.

Savannah and Mike were feeding alligators.

Savannah dressed as an angel.

Mike wore a Christmas sweater.


There are holiday singers, and they were quite fun to listen to.

Decorations can be found around the park.

Savannah was still feeding the alligators.

The reflection made it for an interesting photo when flipped.

The Christmas tree makes for a festive touch.

Savannah and Mike share a laugh.

An alligator started heading my way.


We were brought out to Gator Claus (Claws) with the Social Distancing Skunk Ape following.

A Gatorland employee brings out two macaws.

Gator Claws welcomes guests.

He is in a Boggy Creek Airboat Rides airboat.

An alligator with antlers and a red nose leads the way.

Gatorland has some really great characters and the holiday events have been very well done.

There are some fun displays involving snowmen.

A snowman approached.

He opened his arms.

The Social Distancing Skunk Ape can be seen over his shoulder.

It started to snow.

While it snowed, the snowman approached the Skunk Ape.

There was even some caroling.

Another display says to “Have a Cool Yule” from Gatorland.

Snowmen flank this sign for the Screamin’ Gator Zipline.

A snowman cools off.

Another snowman has melted.

He has a Gatorland name tag and hat.

And we rode the Very Merry Train Ride.

There were decorations along the way.

Gatorland doesn’t just have alligators, but birds, deer, and other animals.

A keeper brought out a beautiful skunk named Huckleberry.

Huckleberry really seemed to enjoy the attention.

Santa’s elves also were also checking to see who was naughty and who was nice.

They reminded me a little of Prep and Landing.

And if you go to Gatorland, there are so many alligators to see!


We were given a fun Gatorland cookie on the way out.

Gatorland has done a great job with the holidays this year (including Halloween previously). It is a terrific park and has grown so much since the first time I visited. The company also paid its employees through the pandemic and kept everyone on, which is really amazing. That said, health and safety measures are less strict than what you’ll find at the larger parks here (face coverings are still mandatory and they spend a lot of time cleaning). I always have to mention that since many know how strict I am with masking and distancing.

Thank you to Gatorland for having us out! Honestly, I’m really impressed with the quality of offerings this year. Check out the Gatorland VLOGS YouTube channel out as well for a lot of fun videos!