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Festive Fun at Marwell

1 Dec 2021 - 3 Jan 2022

Address: Marwell Zoo Thompsons Lane Colden Common SO21 1JH
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Wrap up warm and get closer to the wonders of the natural world with a magical visit to Marwell Zoo this winter. Meet hundreds of exotic and endangered animals from Amur tigers and snow leopards to meerkats and penguins, run wild in the five adventure playgrounds and join the team as they spread some festive cheer!

Mawell are delighted to announce Father Christmas will be making some special appearances at the zoo on weekends and select dates in December (Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th, Saturday 18th until Thursday 23rd December).

He will settle into his comfy chair at festive scenes outside Café Graze and inside our Gift Shop ready to say hello and receive your Christmas letters. Don’t forget to download and print out a Christmas letter template ahead of your visit to personalise and post in Santa’s post boxes, either outside Café Graze or at the Gift Shop.

There will also be some magical decorations and festive scenes around the park from an enchanting princess carriage to Santa’s sleigh and flying reindeer, perfect to capture a special photograph for the family album (from Wednesday 1).

Join in with the Nordic Gnomes Hide and Seek competition to be in with a chance of winning a special goodie bag! Can you spot all eight including Jerome the Golden Gnome?

Enjoy festive food and drink options at the zoo; cosy up with a hot chocolate or treat your little ones to some Christmas delights, perfect for warming up on a winter’s day.

They will be spreading some festive cheer their social media channels too with their popular 12 Days of Christmas giveaway, and more. Dress up in your Christmas jumpers and share your selfies from around the zoo with the team for a chance to win a Christmas hamper.

*Please note guests will be able to see Father Christmas in select locations around the zoo, however they will not be running a Grotto or Meet and Greet event. Guests are welcome to take photographs! Please see signage around the zoo for Father Christmas’ schedule that day!



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Festive Fun at Marwell activities are available to all members and non-members included in the standard ticket price. Book your zoo visit online seven days ahead only.


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10am – 5pm

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Click here to download your  Make sure you print your letter ahead of your visit and bring it with you to post in Father Christmas’ post boxes outside Café Graze or inside the Gift Shop.