Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

Meet Santa

Meet Santa


Limited tickets will be available on the day on a first come, first served, basis.

This December kids are invited to meet their favourite Christmas characters among some of the best company the animal Kingdom has to offer.

Throughout weekends and the week leading up to Christmas, visitors can book to Meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo as an extra wintery treat.

Join in arts and crafts with Mother Christmas and chat with cheeky elves before heading into Santa’s grotto to meet the main man himself and receive an early Christmas gift.

Tucked behind the squirrel monkey walkthrough and Land of the Lions, visitors will pass through the Animal Adventure Café picking up some toasty festive treats before arriving at Santa’s Zoo stopover.

Packed with pine trees and decked out for the season, visitors can wander the Christmas Village before venturing on to see camels, penguins, meerkats and tigers as they explore the rest of the Zoo.

Every child meeting Santa will receive a special gift, parents will also have the opportunity to purchase a photo as a festive keepsake.

Tickets are £10 per child including under 3s, in addition to general entry, and should be booked in advance. No Meet Santa charge for adults, but full admission charges to the Zoo for non-members still apply. Please note that ZSL members only need to book tickets for children, adults go free.


VIP breakfast with Santa


17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24 December

For a completely unique winter experience Christmas lovers can book limited spaces to join Santa and his reindeers before the Zoo opens and tuck into a delicious Zoo breakfast.

The experience includes:

  • Sneak into the Zoo with Santa’s elves before opening time
  • Breakfast with Mrs Claus in the Terrace Restaurant, including pastries and bacon sarnies
  • Exclusive reindeer talk with the Zoo’s presenters
  • Meet Santa in his grotto and take part in Christmas arts and crafts
  • Receive a Christmas present from Santa with the option to purchase a festive photo

Tickets are £40 per child including under 3s and £15 per adult, and should be booked in advance. General Zoo admission prices also apply.

Please see full Terms and Conditions.