Start Date22nd Dec 2019 End Date22nd Dec 2019

Add a spark of magic to your festivities this Christmas!

Join us on the 30th November, 7th, 14th, 21st & 22nd December as we remain open until 7:30pm.

Discover our magical illuminations along the ‘Merry & Bright Trail’ with a number of beautifully lit life-size animal sculptures and other festive scenes!

PLUS the extended opening with give you more time to enjoy our fantastic events beneath our twinkling Christmas lights! This includes seeing Santa’s beautiful reindeer, crafts at the Elves’ Workshop, a Christmas tale and lots more!* 


Our Starlight Night Timetable:

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

Next to Discovery Centre
During our Magic of Christmas events the kid’s can take part in the magical ‘Santa Experience’ for the additional cost of £9.00 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 their own ‘Luna the Husky’ soft toy!*

Find out more about Luna here.
*Subject to availability. Worth £17.99. Queues likely.

Who needs a Santa Experience ticket?
All children who wish to enter the Santa Experience and recieve a ‘Luna the Husky’ soft toy will require a Santa Experience ticket. This includes children under 3 if you would like them to meet Santa and receive a ‘Luna the Husky’ soft toy. Child Zoo Passholders, child complimentary ticket holders including adopters, children attending birthday parties and animal experiences must also purchase a Santa Experience Ticket if they wish to participate in the Santa Experience and receive a ‘Luna the Husky’ soft toy.

Adults accompanying children taking part in the experience do not require a Santa Experience Ticket.
Lost Madagascar Express Station
Sing along and enjoy the view on board the road train.

Duration approx. 10 mins.
Queues likely.
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 with their long, sweeping antlers and thick coats, perfect for keeping warm this winter!
Next to Penguini’s Restaurant
Make your own Christmas decorations and crafts.

Small cost applies. Crafts vary daily.
Inside Elephant Kingdom
Take a ride on this jolly experience – great fun for all the family!
On the stage at Penguini’s Terrace
Join the us for a festive celebration!
Kalahari Theatre
Join us this year as the staff of Colchester Zoo re-tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk in their own hilarious pantomime!

Duration approx. 1hr.
Opposite Lion Rock
Venture around our magical maze to find our nine letters to rearrange and make a word!
All Saints Church
Support Colchester Zoo’s charity Action for the Wild and light a candle for conservation.

A Donation is required for Action for the Wild.
Photo points are located within the zoo
Take your photo posing as one of the characters in ALL 8 of our festive scenes dotted around Colchester Zoo, share your photo online using #ColchesterZoo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and be in with the chance of winning a Gift Adoption*

Terms and conditions apply.

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 you can also enjoy some delicious festive treats during your visit!

Feel toasty with a delicious festive coffee, feast on our Merry Burger meal from Southern Kitchen, or stop by Penguini’s and try our festive pizza!


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.

NB The previously advertised Christmas Starlight Night on the 1st December will no longer be taking place. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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