Santa’s reindeers have returned to Colchester Zoo!

Get closer to our festive friends with their long, sweeping antlers and thick coats, perfect for keeping warm this winter. For a small donation to the Zoo’s Operating Fund, visit our stables and experience a close encounter with our group of reindeers in this exclusive experience on selected dates throughout November and December.

For just a £20 donation to the Zoo’s Operating Fund, up to 5 people can participate in this exclusive experience.
A keeper will meet you at the stated time & location of the experience where you will be able to experience a close encounter with our group of reindeers. The duration of the experience is around 5 minutes per group.

A number of other groups may also be taking part in this experience at the same time.
Our Reindeer Experience takes place at 10:30am and 4pm on selected dates throughout November, December and January.
The Reindeer Experience ticket does not include entry to Colchester Zoo.

You must have Colchester Zoo entry tickets (or a valid Zoo Pass) to take part in the reindeer experience. You can buy your entry ticket online in advance of your visit or purchase them on the day of your visit at the main entrance. All those participating in the reindeer experience must have zoo entry to take part.

All exclusive animal experiences must be pre-boked online at least 30 minutes in advance of your visit. Use the yellow ‘BOOK NOW’ button at the top of this page to book online.

These experiences have limited capacity and therefore, we advise you to book as far in advance of our visit as possible to avoid disappointment.
Make sure you have your Reindeer Experience tickets and bring them on the day of your visit.

On arrival at the zoo, please have your entry tickets ready (or valid Zoo Pass) to enter.

Please arrive at the meeting point by All Saints Church near the Outside Orangutan Viewing Area as detailed on your confirmation booking at least 10 minutes prior to the start time of your experience.

One of our Animal Care Team will then check your tickets and take you to the Reindeer Stables at the specified time.

Terms and Conditions

  • This experience is non-refundable and cannot be transferred to a different date.
  • A Reindeer Experience does not admit entry into Colchester Zoo. Day tickets must be pre-booked in advance of booking the experience.
  • A number of other groups may also be taking part in this experience at the same time.
  • A printed ticket or valid PDF must be presented to the Animal Care Team to be able to participate in the experience.
  • Colchester Zoo reserves the right to withdraw this experience at any time without prior notice.

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