Reindeer at Colchester Zoo


Immerse yourself in the wonderful Christmas atmosphere with our festive activities on 25th & 26th November, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th to 24th December 2023.

Find out more about each of our Magic of Christmas activities below.

Elves’ Workshop - Feel festive and create magical crafts with our elves at their workshop. • Small cost applies. Crafts vary daily.

Face Painting - Transform into your favourite Christmas character. • Small cost applies.

Enchanted Woodland - Journey through the magical woodland and discover our many fairies and pixies and their homes.

Santa’s Reindeer Stable - Journey through the forest where you will be able to see our reindeer friends.

Post Box - Bring your Christmas list for Santa and post it in our post box for express delivery to the North Pole!

Christmas Road Train - Sing along and enjoy the view on board the road train. • Duration approx. 10 mins. Queues likely.

Christmas Tales - Join our Elves as they tell the tale of Santa’s new Tiger friend! • Duration approx. 20 mins.

Christmas Photo Point - Take home a magical memory from your festive day out with us. • Small cost applies.

Further details coming soon!

Please be aware that all of the above activities, dates and times may be subject to change. 


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The Magic of Christmas

Type:Christmas - Family

Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL

Tel: 01206 331292

Opening Times

Season (2 Dec 2023 - 3 Dec 2023)
Season (9 Dec 2023 - 10 Dec 2023)
Season (16 Dec 2023 - 24 Dec 2023)


Silhouette of a family watching a sealionColchester Zoo, ColchesterColchester Zoo is home to 240 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes! Listed as the 11th best zoo around the world and in the top 2 zoos in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Attractions.