Santa in residence at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo from 2 – 24 December 2017

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Meet Santa at Whipsnade Zoo

Christmas is coming early at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, as the Zoo’s magical Christmas grotto opens on Saturday 2 December.

Every weekend from Saturday 2 December, and then each day from Saturday 16 to Saturday 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 take away a festive family portrait. Mrs Clause will also be on hand with Christmas arts and crafts to keep younger ones entertained.

VIP Meet Santa experience is also available in the run up to Christmas. On 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December, lucky guests will get exclusive access to the Zoo before it opens, where they can see their favourite animals at first light.

Children will not only be able to meet Father Christmas and his elves but also catch sight of his reindeer as they graze in their paddock. Having enjoyed an extra special Reindeer Talk, guests will sit down to a delicious breakfast.

From 2 December, ZSL Whipsnade’s Zoo’s magical Meet Santa and VIP Meet Santa experiences will give families yet another reason to enjoy a wonderful day with animals such as elephants, lions and hippos at the UK’s largest Zoo.

Tickets are selling out fast for Meet Santa at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, so book online now at and find out more about visiting ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for the perfect festive family day out this Christmas. Advance booking is required.