Get ready for a magicial evening as part of our
'Christmas Twilight Experience'!


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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The Dates:

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

18th December - FULLY BOOKED
17th December - FULLY BOOKED
13th December - FULLY BOOKED
12th December - FULLY BOOKED
11th December - FULLY BOOKED
10th December - FULLY BOOKED

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The Experience:

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Join us at 4.45pm as your magical Christmas Twilight Experience begins!

As you arrive at the zoo after hours for this EXCLUSIVE experience our elf team will be ready and waiting to meet you and sort you into your groups ready for the evening’s activities to begin at 5.00pm.

During the twilight experience you will follow one of the elf team to Santa’s Grotto where the kids will get the chance to say Merry Christmas to the big man himself, enjoy a sing along and pose for a photo!

PLUS if they’re on the nice list the children will also receive their very own ‘Papa Penguin & Baby Bleu’ soft toy from Santa to take home!

Once you’ve seen Santa’s grotto it’s time 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.

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

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The Supper:

Before heading on a train journey with Santa, his friends and our kitchen elves will serve you a delicious supper!

Elven Supper Includes:
Crudités & hummus
Margherita pizza slices
Half a jacket potato with beans or cheese

Hot drink and a slice of cake
Sandwiches will be available to purchase

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

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The Train:

Of course the evening wouldn’t be complete without the chance to see Santa’s beautiful lights!

Follow Santa as he leads you on board our road train before you go for a ride with Santa and the elves around the lake to see the beautiful twilight sky and fairy lights.

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The Price:

Ticket Type Price
Children (3-15yrs)
Please be aware that as admission is not included in this experience all children including passholders are this price.
Participating Under 3's (not recommend for under 1s) £35.00
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. 
Please be aware that the above cost does NOT include entry to Colchester Zoo before your experience begins. 

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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.

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

Click here for further closing times


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