November 18, 2015 07:47 PM

You’ve seen the photos, watched the live feed, read the stories. Now, experience the real thing: The National Zoo has announced the date of Bei Bei’s public debut. 

The giant panda cub, who was born in August, will be put on public display for the first time on Jan. 16, according to the zoo’s Facebook page

More details about Bei Bei’s cuddly cotillion will come as we get closer to the date, but now it is time to mark your calendar and tell your family you want a ticket to Washington to D.C. as your holiday gift. 

Until that momentous day, pandas fans can stay pumped up on meeting Bei Bei nose-to-nose by tuning into the zoo’s live panda cam . 

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