The Magic of Christmas

28 Nov - 3 Jan 2021

Experience the Magic of Christmas at London Zoo this December.

With a whole host of festive activities, we’ve got everything you need for a jam-packed fun family day out this Christmas!




VIP Breakfast Meet Santa and Animal Gift Giving Meet Santa Sessions

Why not make it an extra special Christmas this year? The ever-popular VIP Breakfast Meet Santa experience returns for another year with our elves sneaking you into the Zoo at 8am for a VIP breakfast with Mrs Claus, a Zoo tour, crafts and of course Meet Santa.

Or... join Father Christmas’ Elves and help make the perfect treat for our animals on our brand new animal gift giving session. 

You will begin your experience with entering Santa’s Grotto where you will help create the perfect Christmas treat for one of our animals. During this time Santa will welcome you into his house providing the perfect opportunity for you to make sure he knows what you would like for Christmas. Santa will hand you a magic key… hold onto it for later! 

You will then get whisked off on a guided tour with one of Santa’s Elves, where the final stop will be you delivering your hand-crafted treat to one of our expectant animals! For all your hard work, don’t forget to stop at Santa’s cabin with your magic key to collect your very own Christmas treat!

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Please note: if booking a VIP breakfast, accomanying adults will also need to book a place for this, for themselves.


Fun festive family trail

Santa’s arrived early to London Zoo to do some research on what the animals would like for Christmas. But he’ll need your help, because with over 18,000 animals there’s far too much for just him and his elves to manage. Grab a trail card and head out across the Zoo gathering information along the way, before reporting back to Mrs Claus in the polar post room and helping to make sure all the animals get the perfect present this Christmas!


Discover the Sensory Sweet Shop! NEW FOR 2020

Clouds of candy floss, a marshmallow meadow and a forest of candy canes – discover our fantasy sweetshop, brand new for 2020. Explore the fantastical settings and then why not grab a treat from one of the nearby stalls. If you can’t spoil yourself at Christmas, when can you…


Traditional rides*

Whether you’re 7 or 77, our traditional carousel and swing boats are a lovely way to end your visit.


Meet Santa*

Meet Santa at London Zoo has sold out, but in the event of any small numbers of tickets being returned, you will find them by checking below.

Weekends from 5 December, then 19-24 December.

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Please note that only each participating child will require a Meet Santa ticket, accompanying adults do not need to book this for themselves. All Zoo visitors will however need a valid ticket or membership to enter the Zoo.


Elf and safety

Everything we’ve planned this Christmas is carefully designed so that you and your family can relax and enjoy a fun day out safely. We’re proud to have achieved ‘Good to Go’ status.

All tickets will need to be booked online in advance.

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*Additional charges apply.
Visitors must have a valid Zoo ticket or Membership in addition to their Meet Santa/VIP Meet Santa experience ticket. All tickets will need to be booked online in advance.

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