Immerse yourself in the wonderful Christmas atmosphere with our festive activities on 25th & 26th November, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th to 24th December 2023.

Find out more about each of our Magic of Christmas activities below.

Christmas Trail – 9:00am to Zoo Close
Four locations around the Zoo
Pick up a trail leaflet and solve the puzzles around the park for the chance to WIN an Animal Experience. Hand in completed form at Education Centre – after 3:30pm, please hand in at Outpost Shop.

Elves’ Workshop
11:00am to 3:30pm
Education Centre
Feel festive and create magical crafts with our Elves at their workshop.*

Post Box
9:30am to Zoo Close
Next to Penguini’s Restaurant
Bring your Christmas list for Santa and post it for express delivery to the North Pole!

Face Painting
11:00am to 3:30pm
Face Painting Station
Transform into your favourite Christmas character at our Face Painting Station.*

Wild Vibe Winter Wonderland
10:30am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm
Kalahari Theatre
The Wild Vibe Crew returns to bring you a party filled with festive cheer and joy.

Enchanted Woodland
9:30am to Zoo Close
Nature Area
Journey through the magical woodland and discover our many fairies and pixies.

Christmas Road Train
10:30am – 3:30pm
Lost Madagascar Express Station
Sing along and enjoy the view on board the road train.**

Santa’s Reindeer Stable
11:00am to 3:30pm
All Saints Church
Journey through the forest where you will be able to see our Reindeer friends.

Christmas Tales
11:30am & 2:00pm
Kalahari Theatre
Join our Elves as they tell the tale of Santa’s new Tiger friend, Spirit!

Festive Photo Point
11:00am to 3:00pm
Next to Heart of the Amazon
Don’t forget to tag us in your snowy snaps using #colchesterzoo.

Please be aware that all of the above activities, dates and times may be subject to change. *Small charge applies. **Please note that the train will not be stopping at Lemur Walkthrough.


Journey through our magical Santa Experience filled with festive scenery and cheeky elves, where you will also have the chance to meet Santa himself and take home Spirit, the White Tiger cuddly toy!

Please read our Magic of Christmas FAQs here.
For all of our Magic of Christmas terms & conditions click here. 

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