Start Date7th Dec 2019 End Date8th Dec 2019

Join us at Colchester Zoo this Christmas and immerse yourself in the wonderful Christmas atmosphere!

See Santa’s beautiful reindeer in their stables, get crafty at the Elves’ Workshop, hear our Christmas tale and enjoy some festive treats!

PLUS all children who purchase a ticket to take part in this year’s Santa Experience will also get to take home their very own ‘Luna the Husky’ soft toy! Find out more about Luna and how she became one of Santa’s friends here.

On the 30th November, 7th, 14th, 21st & 22nd December you can also stay after dark as we remain open until 7.30pm! Find out more about our Christmas Starlight Night events here.


Prices for Magic of Christmas Event Dates: 

  • Magic of Christmas: 30th November, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th - 24th December 2019

    The tickets below do not include entry to the Santa Experience:

    Purchase tickets to visit Colchester Zoo on your chosen Magic of Christmas event date.

    If you choose to visit us on one of our late night ‘Christmas Starlight Nights’ this is also included in our Christmas tickets below – a seperate ticket is NOT required.

    Ticket TypeOn the day priceOnline price for:
    30th Nov, 1st, 7th, 8th,
    14th – 17th December
    Online price for:
    18th – 24th December
    Adult£19.99£16.99£17.99
    Child£17.99£15.29£16.19
    Senior£17.99£15.29£16.19
    Under 3FREEFREEFREE

    Prices below are for those wishing to purchase entry to the Santa Experience:

    The ‘Child Christmas Combo’ ticket below INCLUDES entry to the Zoo and also INCLUDES 1 entry ticket to our Santa Experience on the date selected.

    You can also purchase a ‘Santa Experience Ticket’ on its own which is ideal for Child Passholders and under 3s who wish to take part in the experience.

    Ticket TypeOnline and on the day for:
    30th Nov, 1st, 7th, 8th, December
    Online and on the day for:
    14th – 24th December
    Child Christmas Combo
    (includes Zoo entry and entry to Santa Experience)
    £19.99£22.99
    Santa Experience
    (Does NOT include Zoo entry)
    £9.00£9.00
    Passholder Santa Experience
    (Does NOT include Zoo entry)
    £8.50£9.00

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


Our Magic of Christmas Timetable:

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

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!* 

On the 7th December visitors will be able to see Mother Christmas between 10:30am – 12:30pm and Signing Santa between 1:00pm to 2:30pm as an alternative to Santa.

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.
Kalahari Theatre
Join our Elves as they tell the tale of Santa’s friend, ‘Luna the Husky’! Learn all about how Luna became friends with Santa and saved Christmas. Meet Luna herself too!

Duration approx. 20 mins.

Stage outside Penguini’s Restaurant – 16th/17th/18th December
Please be aware that this will be shown at 11.30am on the 16th, 17th & 18th December 2019 on the stage outside Penguini’s Restaurant.
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.
*Please note:
– There is no panto on 16th, 17th and 18th December.
– There is only one panto showing at 11:00am on 19th 20th & 24th December.
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 elves for a festive party!
Opposite Lion Rock
Venture around our magical maze to find our nine letters to rearrange and make a word!
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. 

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