Start Date18th Dec 2021 End Date24th Dec 2021

Join us at Colchester Zoo this Christmas and immerse yourself in the wonderful Christmas atmosphere on the 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th December and everyday between the 18th – 24th December.

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 Santa Experience ticket will be able to take part in this year’s Santa Experience and take home a Christmas Gift.

On the 4th, 11th, 18th & 23rd December you can also stay after dark as we remain open until 7.30pm for our Christmas Starlight Nights where you can see our magical illuminations.

Find out more about our Christmas Starlight Night events here.


Prices for Magic of Christmas Event Dates: 

  • Magic of Christmas: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th - 24th December.

    Prices:

    If you would like to visit us and you do not have existing tickets or a Zoo Pass, you will need to pre-purchase your tickets ONLINE IN ADVANCE.
    Tickets cannot be purchased at Colchester Zoo – this includes Santa Experience tickets for all those who wish to take part.

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

    Ticket TypeStandard AdmissionOnline Booking Price:
    (4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th – 24th)
    Adult£20.99£19.94
    Child£18.49£17.56
    Senior£19.99£18.99
    Under 3FREEFREE
    AssistantFREEFREE
    Santa Experience Ticket
    (Required for children taking part only)
    £10.00£10.00
    A £0.50 booking fee applies per transaction. *Full Entry T&Cs apply.

    Important Information: 

    – Santa Experience tickets are not included in the cost of admission and must be purchased separately for £10 per child, this includes Child Passholders and under 3s.
    – Zoo Passholders are NOT required to book to visit on a Magic of Christmas event date but MUST pre-book any Santa Experience tickets they require. 
    – If you choose to visit us on one of our late night ‘Christmas Starlight Nights’ a separate admission ticket is NOT required – this is included in the price above.
    – Adults accompanying children taking part in the Santa Experience do not require a Santa Experience Ticket.
    – Our Christmas Gift is subject to availability and supply chains.*

    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.


Our Magic of Christmas Timetable:

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

Due to popular demand, we will be opening additional Santa Experience time slots. Please keep an eye on our social media channels for our ticket release date coming soon! Please be aware that the 4th & 5th December remains sold out.

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.
Kalahari Theatre
Join our Elves as they tell this year’s Christmas Tale!

Duration approx. 20 mins.
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.
Lost Madagascar Express Station
Enjoy the view and Christmas cheer aboard the road train.

Duration approx. 10 mins.
Queues likely.

*Please note the train will not be stopping at our Lemur Walkthrough.
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 Heart of the Amazon
Make your own Christmas decorations and crafts with our helpful elves.

Small cost applies. Crafts vary daily.
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, you can also enjoy some delicious festive treats during your visit!

Feel toasty with a delicious festive coffee, feast on our festive snacks, or stop by Penguini’s and try our 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. 

Newsletter Signup

Sign up to our newsletter for all the latest deals, news and more!

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Top