Animal Advent-ures

Nothing signals the start of the festive season like a visit to meet Father Christmas himself, and the man in red will be setting up residence in a magical grotto at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo this December. 

Two children meet father Christmas at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Every weekend from Saturday 30 November, and then each day from Thursday 19 to Tuesday 24 December, young visitors to the Zoo can Meet Santa and share their Christmas wishes in an unforgettably enchanting encounter. 

Every child will receive a special gift and families can buy a festive family portrait. Mrs Claus and her elves will also be on hand with Christmas arts and crafts to delight younger ones. 

A VIP Meet Santa experience is also available in the run up to Christmas. On 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December, lucky guests will get exclusive access to the Zoo before it opens, where they can see the grazing reindeer at first light. Children will not only be able to meet Father Christmas and his elves, but guests will sit down to a delicious breakfast before enjoying an extra special Reindeer Talk.

ZSL Whipsnade’s Zoo’s magical Meet Santa and VIP Meet Santa experiences, which usually sell out fast, will give families yet another reason to enjoy a wonderful day with animals such as tiger cubs, elephants and hippos at the UK’s largest Zoo.

Don’t miss your chance to book your family’s place and line up the perfect festive family day out this Christmas. Advance booking is required.

Book now to Meet Santa at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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