Meet Santa at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Meet Santa

Book your Meet Santa ticket or check out our special Animal Gift-Giving upgrades and new quiet sessions below.

Please note: For the Meet Santa experience you only need to book a date/time slot for each participating child; accompanying adults do not need to book a Meet Santa ticket for themselves.

All visitors will need a valid Zoo entry ticket or ZSL membership to enter the Zoo, in addition to any Meet Santa tickets. We’ll include a booking link in your Meet Santa confirmation email.


All Meet Santa dates have now sold out. Apologies for any inconvenience.


Upgrade your day

Why not make it an extra special Christmas this year and upgrade your visit?

  • Animal gift-giving sessions

You’ll get to prepare some food or enrichment activity for one of our species and then – after meeting Santa to let him know what you want for Christmas – you’ll take a short tour before giving your creations to the animals! Every child who meets Santa will receive an early Christmas gift.

All our Animal gift-giving sessions have now sold out. Apologies for any inconvenience.


Quiet Meet Santa sessions

This year, due to visitor demand, we’ve introduced designated ‘quiet sessions’. These include the same experience of meeting Santa and receiving a gift, but with limited lights, ambient sounds and other sensory stimulation, designed especially for children with neurodiverse conditions including autism and other sensory processing difficulties.

All our quiet sessions have now sold out. Apologies for any inconvenience.


Important information

Members, Fellows and Patrons will be granted Zoo entry on arrival simply by showing their membership card. Child members wanting to see Santa will need a Meet Santa ticket. Membership alone only provides access to the Zoo.

All other visitors, including Under 3s and any non-members accompanying members, will need a valid Zoo ticket in addition to any Meet Santa ticket in order to enter the Zoo.
The Meet Santa ticket alone does not include Zoo admission.

For Meet Santa a maximum of 3 children can be added per booking onto a single time slot. If you require more than 3 Meet Santa tickets, you will need to book more than one slot to allow everyone to have enough time with Santa. You can either make separate bookings online or call Supporter Contact on 0344 225 1826. If two slots are booked within the same session time, you can all still enter the grotto together.

All areas of Meet Santa are accessible for standard-sized wheelchairs, including Santa’s grotto and the animal gift-giving tour, except for the animal gift-making area which involves one step access.

We have limited space throughout our Meet Santa event. We kindly ask that no more than 2 adults accompany your child(ren) on their experience.

In line with government guidelines at the time of the experience, visitors aged 11 or over (unless exempt) may be required to wear a mask and/or gloves while making enrichment for certain species.

Full event T&Cs apply.