Start Date23rd Dec 2021 End Date23rd Dec 2021

Add a spark of magic to your festivities this Christmas!

Join us on the 4th, 11th, 18th & 23rd December as we remain open until 7:30pm.

Discover our magical illuminations with a number life-size animal sculptures located around the zoo, our beautifully lit Christmas tree and other festive scenes for you to enjoy!

PLUS our extended opening will give you more time to enjoy our fantastic events beneath our twinkling Christmas lights! This includes Santa’s beautiful reindeer, our Enchanted Woodland, crafts at the Elves’ Workshop and much more!*


Our Starlight Night Timetable:

Find out more about each of our Magic of Christmas activities that will continue into the evening:

Santa Experience tickets are SOLD OUT for the 4th & 5th December with limited additional tickets now available for our other Magic of Christmas Dates.

Next to Discovery Centre
During our Magic of Christmas events, children can take part in the magical ‘Santa Experience’ for the additional cost of £10.00 per Santa Experience ticket. 

Journey through the magical festive scenes and meet some of our elf team! PLUS every child taking part with a Santa Experience ticket will be able to take home a Christmas gift!* 

*Subject to availability and supply chains.

Who needs a Santa Experience ticket? 
All children who wish to enter the Santa Experience and receive a gift will require a Santa Experience ticket. This includes children under 3 if you would like them to meet Santa and receive a gift. Child Zoo Passholders, child complimentary ticket holders (including adopters and those on animal experiences) MUST also purchase a Santa Experience Ticket if they wish to participate and receive a gift.

Adults accompanying children taking part in the experience do not require a Santa Experience Ticket.

How do I book?
This year we have introduced a time slot booking system, therefore you MUST pre-book online in advance by selecting the date and time slot in which you wish to participate. You will receive a Santa Experience ticket which can then be used to enter the Experience.

Please be aware that you must have a separate Zoo admission ticket or Zoo Pass to enter the zoo grounds in order to access this experience.
A £10.00 Santa Experience Ticket does NOT include admission to the zoo.
Throughout the Zoo
Collect your trail on arrival (one per family group) and look out for the four activity boards to complete during your visit.
All Saints Church
Journey through the magical woodland and discover our many fairies and pixies, and their homes, while learning all about their special powers. P.S. Only for believers!
All Saints Church (Access via The Enchanted Woodland)
Once again our reindeer friends have returned to Colchester Zoo! They can be seen in their stable with their long, sweeping antlers and thick coats, perfect for keeping warm this winter!
Next to Elephant Kingdom
Make your way along the winding yuletide pathway and see if you can find the your way through our magical maze.

* Please note this route is not accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Next to Heart of the Amazon
Make your own Christmas decorations and crafts with our helpful elves.

Small cost applies. Crafts vary daily.
Lost Madagascar Express Station
Sing along and enjoy the view on board the road train.

Duration approx. 10 mins.
Queues likely.

*Please be aware the train will not be stopping at our Lemur Walkthrough.
All Saints Church
Light a candle at All Saints Church for a small donation to our charity Action for the Wild and support animal conservation worldwide this festive season.

*Donation applies per candle.
Picnic area by Penguini’s Restaurant
Have your picture taken at our snowy photo point and purchase it as a fun souvenir!
*Charge applies.

Please be aware that all of the above activities and their dates and times are subject to change. 

Winter Warmers…

As well as our full timetable of events a selection of food options will also remain available into the evening so you can enjoy some delicious festive treats during our evening activities.

Feel toasty with a delicious festive coffee, feast on our festive snacks and delicious Christmas specials!


Christmas all Wrapped up!

We have a wide range of Christmas items which are available in our Outpost shop!

We also have a range of vouchers to choose from, including monetary, Zoo Pass and Animal Experience vouchers.


FAQs and Terms & Conditions :

Please be aware that all of the above activities and their dates and times are subject to change. 

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

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