Christmas at the Zoo
Travel & Days Out

Christmas at the Zoo

27 November 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the festive season brings with it all of the fun and wonder of yuletide celebrations. Christmas isn’t just for us humans - this year, you can enjoy the winter magic amongst the bears, tigers and flamingos of the UK's best zoos! Watch these spaces be transformed into a Christmas dreamland with lights, decorations and festivities that will fill the Christmas countdown with cheer.


For magical Christmas lights

As the sun sets and the animals begin to settle in for a snooze, London Zoo will transform into a festive wonderland this silly season. Experience the Christmas magic with an enchanting self-guided zoo tour that the whole family will love. From canopies of twinkling lights to illuminated animal sculptures, you’ll get lost in the yuletide cheer while watching the animals dream. Highlights include the illuminated Lubetkin penguin pool, the enchanted singing trees and, of course, tasty Christmas treats such as mulled wine and roasted chestnuts! You can even finish off the light trail with a special seasonal sleepover, staying in the festive Christmas cabins nestled in the middle of London Zoo.


For Santa’s grotto

There’s nothing quite like Santa’s magic, and this year Bristol Zoo is hosting the big man himself! For an exciting and interactive Christmas experience, head on over to the Zoo’s unforgettable grotto. Meet Saint Nick’s elves and pixies and get involved in festive arts and crafts, and journey through the Narnia-inspired wooden wardrobe to a winter wonderland. The little ones will have a chance to write up their wish lists and post them off to the North Pole, before the big event - meeting Santa! All kids will receive a special grotto gift from Father Christmas, and the whole family will be delighted with


For a fairytale experience

For a truly magical Christmas experience, you can’t go past Chester Zoo’s lantern festival. Wrap up warm and be transported to a festive wonderland, guided by the iconic Chester Zoo animal lanterns. This year, there are nine stunning spaces throughout the Zoo, from the exotic and brightly coloured Shangri La to the sparkling Ice Kingdom. There will be something to delight even the biggest of grinches at the Chester Zoo lantern festival! With elephants, lions, penguins and Santa’s reindeer lining the magical paths, you’ll be delighted by the interactive and illuminated fun on offer. Snuggle up in the Oakfield pub after your walk and warm up with a tasty tipple for a festive end to your Christmas adventure!

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