Madison Hudanich, 6, and Jeremy Hudanich, 4, took a trip from Point Pleasant to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Cape May County Zoo Dec. 15. Photo by Al Campbell
Isabella Mehmel, 7, Thomas Mehmel, 4, and Joseph Mehmel, 4 months, take time for a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Dec. 15 at Cape May County Zoo. They're from New York City and Diamond Beach. Photo by Al Campbell
Trey Kuhlberg joyfully rings Mrs. Claus' bell after talk to the North Pole's number one couple Dec. 15 at Cape May County Zoo. Photo by Al Campbell
Kuhlberg children, Keaton, 2, Trey, 3, andn Caroline, 2, with mother ANdrea and Ali Ortman, all are from Swainton with Santa and Mrs. Claus Dec. 15. Photo by Al Campbell
Cape Island Theatre Co. members, from left, Rebecca Sundstrom, Carol Matthews and Amanda Brough perform at the Reptile House as children waited to see Santa and Mrs. Claus Dec. 15. Photo by Al Campbell
SWAINTON -- Hundreds of youngsters, some all smiles, some in frightful tears, others in utter amazement and awe met Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Reptile House at Cape May County Zoo Dec. 15. The long line was greeted with holiday carols sung by a trio from Cape Island Theatre Co. of Cold Spring.
The annual photo session and time to tell the North Pole's famous couple their Christmas wishes lasted from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on a day perfect for strolling the exhibits at the zoo.
It was as if the animals knew something special was happening, the lion roared, as if to bring attention to the place. Rocky, the Siberian tiger lounged about, strutting up and down briefly, then settled into a regal gaze of those on the other side of his exhibit.
The lack of real snow was no reason not to have a faux snowball fight, with white balls near the Reptile House.