Christmas at the Zoo

Christmas Crafts Fair – Thursday 5th December

Free entry to the Crafts fair from 5pm until 8pm.  Kick off the festive season at Dartmoor Zoo, with over 50 local craft stalls and suppliers. Hot snacks and refreshments served. Enjoy mulled wine & minces pies, Hot soups and crusty bread rolls.  

Breakfast with Santa* – Saturday & Sunday 14th/15th and 21st/22nd

Join us for a tasty breakfast followed by an activity for the children, before Santa stops by your table for a chat and to give the children a gift.  Child’s Breakfast £15 (includes admission) – waffles, yoghurt, fruit & a juice. Along with a gift from Santa and followed by a seasonal close encounter session with our bugs and reptiles, hosted by one of Santa’s elves.   

 Between 9am and 10am 

*Must be pre-booked. Normal admission applies accompanying adults.

Santa’s Grotto* – Saturday & Sunday 14th/15th and 21st/22nd 

The Grotto will be open from 11am -12pm on these weekends. All children will have up to 5 minutes each with Santa Clause and will receive a gift. When arriving, please head to the restaurant for an allocated time slot. 

Between 11am and 12pm Tickets £3.50 per child.

*booking advised; time slots allocated on the day. Does not include admission. 

Christmas Trail – Saturday 21st December until Sunday 5th January 

During the School holidays take part in our FREE* Christmas Trail around the Zoo.  *normal Zoo admission applies.  ‘Santa is delivering a new animal at Dartmoor Zoo. Head out around the park to find the hidden letter on the Christmas Trees to spell out the new arrival! Once you have found all the letters head to the restaurant to collect your prize’  

Boxing Day is Christmas Day for our residents! – 26th December   

Visit Dartmoor Zoo on Boxing Day to see our resident big cats receive their very special Christmas Treats. Along with other festive enrichment activities and talks.   

Golden Envelope Giveaway ‘A gift from the Zoo to You!26th December – 5th January 

Christmas isn’t over at Dartmoor Zoo, from Boxing day until the end of the School holidays, Dartmoor Zoo will be giving away a mystery prize in a hidden golden envelope. Find the envelope around the park to win a prize that could be anything from… an animal experience, free admission tickets or a cuddly toy!  

Christmas Giving Tree  

Once again, the restaurant will be decorated with the ‘Amazon Wish List Tree’ where guests can purchase items for our residents right here at Dartmoor Zoo: Making it more fun and easier for the animals and guests to enjoy Christmas giving.

Check out our Amazon Wishlist Here