Living Nativity

Experience the magic of Christmas by enjoying ZSL London Zoo’s Living Nativity - a special event for schools.

Dates: Monday 2 December to Tuesday 17 December 2019 (Mon-Fri only)

Tickets now on sale! 

Call our Supporter Services team on 0344 225 1826 to book your place today. 

As you journey through the scenes of the nativity you will meet the Wise Men and their camels, see Mary in the stable and talk to the Shepherds as they tend their flock. Your class will then join Santa as he tells you about the animals he meets when he travels around the world. All the children will receive a gift to take home with them.

Suitable for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes with accompanying adults.
Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

A wise man talks to school children in our Living Nativity experience


  • Entry to ZSL London Zoo
  • Living Nativity event (approx.50 mins)
  • Small gift for each child
  • One adult goes free when accompanying six pupils for supervision purposes
  • Reserved indoor lunch space (30 mins)


Ticket Type Price
Child - Zoo entry with Living Nativity £7.00
Supervising Adults (1 per 6 paying children) - Zoo entry with Living Nativity  £0.00
Carers* £0.00








Additional Adults accompanying a school may purchase tickets for Zoo Entry ONLY at the special education rate of £13.25. This allows entry to the Zoo site, but does not permit access to the Living Nativity experience due to space restrictions.

*Only 1 adult per 6 children is allowed into the indoor scenes of the Living Nativity, including carers, for health and safety reasons. A maximum of 10 adults for a group of 60 children is permitted in total. It is the school’s responsibility to decide which adults should gain entry into the Living Nativity. Any additional adults, above the supervision ratio, are politely asked to re-join their group at the end of the Living Nativity experience.

A shepherd tends to his flock in our Living Nativity experience at ZSL London Zoo


The Living Nativity trail lasts approximately 50 minutes. There are 10 sessions per day, with an allocated lunch time and space, as outlined below. Each session has a maximum capacity of up to 60 students and 10 adults, subject to availability. Please note that unless a school books all 60 child tickets they may be accompanied by another school on the day.

Living Nativity Start Time (Duration approx. 50 mins)
Allocated Lunch Time (Duration 30 mins)
Lunch Space Location
10:30 12:20 Terrace Restaurant
10:45 12:20 Education Centre
11:00 13:00 Terrace Restaurant
11:15 13:00 Education Centre
11:30 13:40 Terrace Restaurant
11:45 13:40 Education Centre
12:00 11:00 Terrace Restaurant
12:45 11:00 Education Centre
13:00 11:40 Terrace Restaurant
13:15 11:40 Education Centre






















Santa at ZSL London Zoo's Living Nativity

Students with special educational needs

We can accommodate students with special educational needs. To discuss your individual requirements please call the Supporter Services team on 0344 967 0831.

Wise Up Guide

Download our Wise Up Guide for important information regarding your Living Nativity visit and to see a map of the event. 


Terms and Conditions

Please read through the full terms and conditions for the Living Nativity and visits to the Zoo, found here

Risk Assessment

Teachers are entitled to a free teacher pre-visit to conduct a risk assessment. Teachers must have a completed booking to receive the free pre-visit. Bring a copy of your confirmation to the main admissions entry to check in for your pre-visit. Teachers can consult the ZSL risk assessment for additional information. 

Tickets are now on sale - call our Supporter Services team on 0344 225 1826 or email to book your place today. 

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