Fabulous Christmas At The Zoo Events To Enjoy This Year

Love animals and want to visit them during the festive season, many of the zoos offer Christmas at the zoo events, some with Father Christmas, others stunning light parades and Christmas shows, which are all magical by themselves, but combine it with all your favourite zoo animals and its a spectacular day out for the entire family.

Christmas At the Zoo Events 2021

Chessington World of Adventures

Location : Chessington, Surrey, KT9 2NE

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Father Christmas and his band of merry elves are returning to Chessington once again for the festive season.

Meet Father Christmas in his Grotto, encounter the Elves in the Toy Workshop and even enjoy a selection of our rides and attractions. Plus meet some of our incredible animals in our Zoo and Sea Life. Check back soon for more details…

Tickets are available online starting from £20pp on selected dates.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Chester Zoo Christmas

Location : Upton-by-Chester, Chester, Cheshire CH2 1LH

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Join us for The Lanterns as we transform the zoo into a spectacular wonderland! Escape to fantastical worlds, each different from the last, that will take you on an illuminating journey like no other! Be immersed in this magical and uniquely Chester Zoo evening event, giving you the chance to see the zoo in a whole new light. Let your imagination run wild, and discover incredible spaces, each filled to the brim with colourful lanterns, spectacular costumed characters and Christmas scenes.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Colchester Zoo Christmas

Location : Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex CO3 0SL

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Join us at Colchester Zoo this Christmas and immerse yourself in the wonderful Christmas atmosphere!
See Santa’s beautiful reindeer in their stables, get crafty at the Elves’ Workshop, hear our Christmas tale and enjoy some festive treats!

PLUS all children who purchase a ticket to take part in this year’s Santa Experience will also get to take home another fantastic Christmas character soft toy!
More information on this year’s festive friend coming soon!

Our Magic of Christmas events will be taking place on the 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th, 18th – 24th December 2021.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Drayton Manor Christmas

Location : Drayton Manor Park, Near Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 3TW

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Make special memories this festive season when you unwrap an amazing treat at Magical Christmas on selected dates from 13th November – 31st December 2021.

Discover falling snow, enchanting decorations, a dazzling 35ft symphony tree, cheeky elves frolicking around the park and over 25 child-friendly rides and attractions: including Europe’s only Thomas Land and our 15-acre zoo. Plus, Live entertainment and experience our brand-new live show – ‘A Christmas Wish’.

Then, end your day watching our magical firework display by the lake – featuring Father Christmas, Mrs Claus and the elves for a singalong show like no other!

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Drusillas Park Christmas

Location : Drusillas Park, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5QS

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Watch little eyes twinkle with wonder as they experience the glistening magic of Drusillas Christmas! Come and meet Santa among the shimmering lights, get nose-to-nose with our cuddly huskies in the Ice Cave, stroll through the twinkling Tunnel of Lights, and marvel at our spectacular 24ft Christmas tree whilst enjoying a glass of mulled wine and a marvellous mince pie!

And don’t forget you’ll need to book your Santa tickets online in advance!

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Dudley Zoo Christmas

Location : 2 The Broadway, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4QB

Christmas event not yet advertised, awaiting latest news

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : TBC for 2021

Edinburgh Zoo Christmas Nights

Location : Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, EH12 6TS

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A spectacular light trail will take you on a journey to discover the magic of Christmas spirit and Santa’s time at the zoo.

From Friday 19 November until Sunday 2 January, you can glow around the route with projections, twinkling fairy lights and much more.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Exmoor Zoo Santa Claws and his Elftastic activities

Location : South Stowford, Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4SG

We are excited to welcome Santa and his Elves on his first ever trip to Exmoor Zoo, he has planned some elf-tastic activities.
Create your own Christmas tree table decoration
Decorate your own gingerbread
Make special reindeer food to put out on Christmas eve
Write a letter Santa
And most importantly ‘Meet Santa Claws’ in his Christmas grotto and receive a present*

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Flamingo Land Christmas

Location : Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX

It’s time to grab your Flamingo Land Christmas Passport and join us in December for all our festive activities, including meeting Santa in his grotto!Included with your Christmas ticket you will also have access to our award-winning zoo, several of our smaller rides for young children and free sea lion shows!

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

London Zoo The Magic Of Christmas

Location : Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY

We’ve got everything you need for a jam-packed fun family day out this Christmas.

Watch our video for a quick summary (and to get in the Christmas spirit!) and check out all the details by clicking below.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Marwell Zoo Christmas

Location : Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1JH

Wrap up warm and get closer to the wonders of the natural world with a magical visit to Marwell Zoo this winter. Meet our hundreds of exotic and endangered animals from Amur tigers and snow leopards to meerkats and penguins, run wild in our five adventure playgrounds and join us as we spread some festive cheer!

We’re delighted to announce Father Christmas will be making some special appearances at the zoo on weekends and select dates in December (Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th, Saturday 18th until Thursday 23rd December).

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Paignton Zoo Christmas

Location : Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7EU

Santa is coming back to Paignton Zoo and we can’t wait!
Santa will be taking time out from his busy Christmas schedule to take up residence in his magical grotto for more days than ever before. Children can meet Santa and receive a gift for £12 per child – please see booking details below.

This year, not only have we added additional dates for children to meet Santa, but we are running even more fun, festive activities across the zoo. Join Mrs Claus as she reads a magical Christmas story and then make reindeer food at our elf workshop – sprinkle it on your lawn at night, the moon will help it sparkle bright, as Santa’s reindeer fly and roam, this food will guide them to your home!

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Paradise Wildlife Park Christmas

Location : White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire EN10 7QA

Santa will be arriving at Paradise in a beautiful grotto based at our Safari Stage where your little ones can join him safely for a fabulous photo opportunity. Moreover, this is a completely free of charge event so make sure to get a space in the queue early to not miss out, as we cannot guarantee everyone will be able meet Santa on the day of your visit.

Santa has also brought the winter wonderland with him! There will be a glorious festive fairy light tunnel to walk through and enjoy with your loved ones. Make sure to take some amazing photos and tag us on social media so we can join in on the fun too. The festivities do not stop here, however. We shall be decking out the park with a beautiful array of Christmas decorations, complete with our 20ft Christmas tree!

Don’t forget to visit Santa’s reindeer in the Woodland Walk too!

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Pili Palas Nature World Christmas

Location : Ffordd Penmynydd, Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd, LL59 5RP

Choose from breakfast with Santa, Lunch With Santa or tea with Santa, each visit includes a visit to the grotto, a gift for each child, breakfast, lunch or tea, a visit to the zoo and a session in the soft play area.

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Twycross Zoo Christmas

Location : Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 3PX

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We can’t wait to make special memories with you all at our 2021 Christmas Spectacular! ✨
Join us on selected dates in December for the most wonderful time of the year… Tickets on sale now! 🎟
Tickets Include –
🍴 A festive feast at Mrs Claus’ Kitchen
❄️ Snowfall at the North Pole Plaza
🌬 Singing, laughter and Christmas cheer with the Ice Queen and friends
☃️ Spectacular sights with over 500 animals at our 100 acre Zoo
🎅 Meet and greet with the big man himself
🎁 So much more…

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Whipsnade Zoo

Location : Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2LF

We’ve got all you need here at Whipsnade Zoo for a fun-filled, family-friendly day out this Christmas.

Join a talk to learn more about Santa’s reindeer or warm up with a delicious refreshment near Lookout Lodge. We’ll also be spreading festive cheer to our animals across the Zoo, with some early Christmas delights!

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Wildheart Animal Sanctuary

Location : Yaverland Seafront, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 8QB

It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas…and we will once again be hosting our wonderful Christmas Markets this year, over the weekend of 27th and 28th November. We have lined up a beautiful, bespoke collection of stalls selling perfect gifts and decorations from local Isle of Wight designer makers and artists.

With Father Christmas launching his wonderland grotto plus carols, festive food and mulled wine, the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary is the perfect place to kick off your Xmas shopping and find that perfect gift. It is a wonderful weekend to meet our animals and start feeling those first flutters of Christmas magic.

Every weekend in December Father Christmas will be at the sanctuary for the children to visit and we’ll be serving festive treats in the cafe all through the season.

And if that is not enough, on Friday 17th of December we’ll be staying open a little later and singing carols on the green – just across the path from Casper and Frosty. We’re sure they’ll be delighted and join in with us and join in. Exact time to be announced soon.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Location : Hurst Ln, Auckley, Doncaster DN9 3QY

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Light & Lantern Festival
Festive fun for everyone
Walk Around Experience
Hot food and drink available throughout trail

Our Winter Illuminations will be back for 2021, but BIGGER and better.

The Winter Illumination light and lantern trail is returning to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, with 4 enchanted worlds to journey through, which will be your favourite? Under the Sea? World of Fantasy? Animal Adventure? OR Fairytale Kingdom….

Opening Dates/Times/Prices : For further information CLICK HERE

Looking for other Christmas Events for the family, have you booked any Polar Express Train Rides or Santa Trains, love theme parks, how about Theme Parks at Christmas enjoy the theatre, check out Pantomimes and Christmas Shows

Have you started thinking about what kind of Christmas Tree you will be having this year, we always have a real tree, check out all the Christmas Tree Farms to pick your perfect tree

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