Start Date9th Dec 2023 End Date10th Dec 2023

Immerse yourself in the wonderful Christmas atmosphere with our festive activities on 25th & 26th November, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th to 24th December 2023.


Journey through our magical Santa Experience filled with festive scenery and cheeky elves, where you will also have the chance to meet Santa himself and take home Spirit, the White Tiger cuddly toy!

PLEASE NOTE: The Santa Experience takes place within the Zoo grounds and an admission ticket will need to be purchased alongside a Santa Experience ticket. All guests, including Zoo Passholders, will need to pre-book a Santa Experience ticket online in advance. Tesco Partner Reward codes CANNOT be use for Santa Experience tickets. Admission tickets and Santa Experience tickets are non-refundable.

Santa Experience tickets are still available on the following dates:
18th, 19th & 20th December

All other dates are SOLD OUT!

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

Christmas Trail – 9:00am to Zoo Close
Four locations around the Zoo
Pick up a trail leaflet and solve the puzzles around the park for the chance to WIN an Animal Experience. Hand in completed form at Education Centre – after 3:30pm, please hand in at Outpost Shop.

The Wild Vibes ‘Winter’ Wonderland crew are BACK with magical performances this Christmas!

Elves’ Workshop
11:00am to 3:30pm
Education Centre
Feel festive and create magical crafts with our Elves at their workshop.*

Post Box
9:30am to Zoo Close
Next to Penguini’s Restaurant
Bring your Christmas list for Santa and post it for express delivery to the North Pole!

Face Painting
11:00am to 3:30pm
Face Painting Station
Transform into your favourite Christmas character at our Face Painting Station.*

Wild Vibe Winter Wonderland
10:30am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm
Kalahari Theatre
The Wild Vibe Crew returns to bring you a party filled with festive cheer and joy.

Enchanted Woodland
9:30am to Zoo Close
Nature Area
Journey through the magical woodland and discover our many fairies and pixies.

Christmas Road Train
10:30am to 3:30pm
Lost Madagascar Express Station
Sing along and enjoy the view on board the road train.**

Christmas Tales
11:30am & 2:00pm
Kalahari Theatre
Join our Elves as they tell the tale of Santa’s new Tiger friend, Spirit!

Festive Photo Point
11:00am to 3:00pm
Next to Heart of the Amazon
Don’t forget to tag us in your snowy snaps using #colchesterzoo.

Santa’s Reindeer Stable
11:00am to 3:00pm
Rajang’s Forest, Upper Viewing Area
Journey through the forest where you will be able to see our Reindeer friends.

Please be aware that all of the above activities, dates and times may be subject to change. *Small charge applies. **Please note that the train will not be stopping at Lemur Walkthrough.

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

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