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Meet Santa at Paignton Zoo

Santa is coming back to Paignton Zoo and we can’t wait!

Santa will be taking time out from his busy Christmas schedule to take up residence in his magical grotto for more days than ever before. Children can meet Santa and receive a gift for £12 per child – please see booking details below.

This year, not only have we added additional dates for children to meet Santa, but we are running even more fun, festive activities across the zoo. Join Mrs Claus as she reads a magical Christmas story and then make reindeer food at our elf workshop – sprinkle it on your lawn at night, the moon will help it sparkle bright, as Santa’s reindeer fly and roam, this food will guide them to your home! These activities are free and can be enjoyed by anyone visiting Paignton Zoo on the below dates.


Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th December.

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th December.

Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th, Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th December.


10.30am to 4pm (final Santa visit 3.55pm) | Christmas Eve 10.30am to 2pm.

Please ensure that you allow additional time to get to Santa’s Grotto. Our Boardwalk is currently closed so please follow our festive signage that will take you to our Christmas activities via Brookside Aviary.


Children (up to 15 years) – £12/child to include a gift. This price does not include entry to Paignton Zoo. Santa and admission tickets must be booked in advance to secure your timeslot.

Tickets will be sold in 5 minute time slots to keep queuing times down

Please do not arrive earlier than 10 minutes before your scheduled time.

A maximum of 6 children per time slot booking will apply.


Reindeer food elf workshop in Wild With Us – this is a ‘drop-in’ activity that will run throughout the day from 10.30am to 4pm. At busy times you may be required to queue.

Story telling with Mrs Claus in The Ark takes place at – 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm – spaces are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.


Visits must be pre-booked online.

Once a booking has been received, unfortunately no refunds will be given. Time slots are also non-transferable.

The ticket price includes a gift. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, but a Grotto ticket does not need to be purchased for the accompanying adult(s).

Our elves will do everything they can to accommodate late arrivals, but if it is busy, then guests who arrive outside of their allocated time slot may be refused entry to the Grotto