Join us this Christmas for a truly magical experience with 'Breakfast with Santa'!

Please note this event has to be pre-booked by contacting the Experiences Reception on 01206 331292 extension 232 or 237. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

This experience is not recommended for those under 1 year old.

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Santa edit 18The Dates:

Pre-book your experience TODAY for the following available dates:

24th December - FULLY BOOKED
23rd December -FULLY BOOKED
22nd December - FULLY BOOKED
21st December - FULLY BOOKED
20th December - FULLY BOOKED
16th December - FULLY BOOKED
15th December - FULLY BOOKED
9th December - FULLY BOOKED
8th December - FULLY BOOKED
2nd December 

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The Experience:

Join us from 7.45am as you are signed in for your experience!

Our head elf will then appear and introduce the rest of the elf team who are ready and waiting with their naughty & nice lists to sort you into groups for this magical experience!

Follow the head elf over to Santa’s House where it is time to wake up the big man himself! With a sing along and help of Mother Christmas you will work together to get Santa out of bed and ready for the day ahead!

During your experience each group will also spend time exploring our Christmas grotto where they will meet Santa himself and pose for a picture!

As well as the chance to visit Santa’s grotto you will also get to meet his magical assistant…the reindeer! You’ll hear all about this amazing animal from our reindeer elf that helps care for them at the North Pole.

Another important place for Santa and the elves is the workshop! You’ll pop into the workshop during the morning to make your very own craft with Mother Christmas, get your cameras ready as you’ll also have the chance to take your own photo with Mother Christmas.

*Please be aware that each group may take part in the above activities in a different order to those listed.

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*Image features last year's 'Winter' reindeer soft toy

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The Breakfast:

After a busy morning it’s time for a well-deserved rest, you’ll be shown to your seats by one of Santa’s friends before our kitchen elves serve you a delicious breakfast!

Elven Breakfast includes:
A selection of 2 cereals
American style pancakes
Fresh fruit salad pots

Rustic bap with sausage, bacon, egg or mushrooms (vegetarian sausages available, please advise at the time of booking)
Dairy free yogurt with gluten free granola and fruit

*Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when making your booking.

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The Goodbye Gift:

Papa penguin

After enjoying breakfast together with Santa it’s time to say farewell!

As each child says goodbye they will also receive their very own ‘Papa Penguin & Baby Bleu’ soft toy to take home!

This experience also includes admission for the whole day you can also spend the rest of the day at Colchester Zoo enjoying our Magic of Christmas events, daily encounters and seeing the animals! 

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The Price:

Ticket Type Price
Non Passholder Children (3-15yrs) £45.00
Passholder Children (3-15yrs) £35.00
Participating Under 3's (not recommend for under 1s) £35.00
Non Passholder Adult £25.00
Passholder Adult £10.00

Due to limited capacity we have a two adult per child maximum policy for this experience. All those taking part including two accompanying guests must pre-book to attend this event. 

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The Terms & Conditions:

Please be aware that all children will be receiving the same present of as those who visit the general Santa Experience at our Magic of Christmas events, so we do not recommend purchasing a second Santa Experience ticket however you are welcome to do so if you wish to receive a second ‘Papa Penguin & Baby Bleu’ to take home.

To qualify for the Passholder rate you will require a valid pass at the time of purchase and on the date of the event.

Cancellations and changes

  • Payment will be taken when you make your booking.
  • Please be aware that a £20 fee (inc VAT) will be charged for changes to your booking at any time.
  • All experiences are non-refundable unless due to exceptional circumstances including illness/injury, pregnancy, bereavement or jury service. This is at Colchester Zoo's discretion.
  • Refunds can only be made to the purchaser. If a refund is agreed a £20 fee (inc. VAT) will be charged.
  • Once the experience has been booked it can only be rescheduled up to 8 weeks before the date of the experience.

NB We advise selecting either our Breakfast with Santa or Christmas Twilight Experience and not taking part in both as they involve similar activities.


4.30pm close or dusk if earlier
Last admission to zoo grounds at 3.30pm

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