04 November 2019

This Christmas, come and experience a winter wonderland as the Chester Zoo shop transforms into a festive treasure trove. Christmas at Chester Zoo goes much further than just us! Our main shop has a great selection of Christmas goodies, suitable for all ages!

Find inspirational gifts from the contemporary to the traditional with everything you need for a fun-filled Christmas…

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Animal Fantasy

Give your friends and family the luxury treatment with this dazzling collection perfect for gifting. Add a little glamour and sparkle to your Christmas or take the luxe feel beyond the festive season with home décor and accessories adorned with gold, glitter and warm tropical accents. The richly patterned furnishings and reusable bottles and cups are beautifully bold and brassy with pieces starting from £4.99.

Get your winter mitts on them while you can with limited stock available in store.

Noah’s Ark

Not just two by two…this beautifully crafted collection is full to the brim of festive animal fun! Keep little hands busy with the Playmobile advent calendar or have endless hours of creative fun with the Christmas collectable set. These family favourites are built to last and guaranteed to put a smile on faces not just at Christmas, but all year round.


The winter mornings may be icy, but these polar themed pieces will warm your heart – and hands! Tumble into a magical winter wonderland of majestic musical lanterns, shimmering scented candles and traditional winter warmers. Keep loved ones warm and cosy with socks, scarfs and hats in calming winter hues – perfect for those polar winter days.
Christmas may be the season of giving, but why not treat yourself to a truly unique handmade decoration or festive scent diffuser and fill your home with yuletide aromas.


Our in store personalisation zone has had festive revamp! Add a sprinkling of bespoke Christmas magic and surprise friends and family with a customised, one-of-a-kind gift. Choose from our unique range of decorations, souvenirs and seasonal Handimals, as well as lots of new edible treats in store. From lollipops and dippers to luxury bars of seasonal fudge, add a little sweetness to someone’s day with a delicious gourmet gift.

Traditional decorations

This year, traditionally crafted Kenyan BeadWORKS decorations return to Chester Zoo. Lovingly handmade by the amazing women of Lewa, the authentic and contemporary hand beaded products support women, wildlife, communities and conservation. We’ll also have a selection of handcrafted decorations made by St Nicolas in India using a highly skilled embroidery technique. The skills required for this rare and respected craft have been handed down through generations making these pieces truly special.


What better way to celebrate the holidays with our children than by reading a Christmas book! We’ve added to our range of 300 titles with family favourites and new releases. The wonderfully visual and highly anticipated book, Vanishing, looks at the world’s most vulnerable animals through the lens of photographer, Joel Sartore with atmospheric and thought-provoking images. You won’t want to miss irresistibly funny ‘The Dinosaur that pooped Christmas’ which is guaranteed to have the whole family laughing!

Looking for a unique gift for family and friends this year, then look no further! We have a range of extra special options available…

Afternoon Tea at The Oakfield

Enjoy Afternoon tea in the stunning setting of The Oakfield at heart of Chester Zoo. The historic former family home of zoo founder, George Mottershead, The Oakfield provides a warming welcoming for our guests as well as views of our award-winning gardens. Now a contemporary British pub, the Grade II listed building has been lovingly restored to celebrate the rich heritage of Chester Zoo serving locally sourced seasonal food and drink. Prepare to be impressed!


Gift Vouchers

Your friends and family will go wild for out gift vouchers! They can be used towards admission to the zoo or spent in our shops, cafes and kiosks. They are valid for two years so they’re a great way to buy friends and family something which they can use any time they like. The vouchers come packaged in a smart gift wallet containing your voucher(s) and everything you need to know about using them.


Gift Tickets

Our gift tickets are the ideal present to buy for family and friends and come in a small gift wallet containing your ticket, gift message and everything you need to know. They’re valid for 12 months so why not make that special someone’s day extra zooper!




Chester Zoo Experience Days

A Chester Zoo experience day offers a unique opportunity to get closer to our animals and plants, with expert knowledge from our staff.

You’ll get exclusive, behind-the-scenes access that will give you an insight into the daily lives of our staff and animals at the zoo. A Chester Zoo experience day can involve anything from potting a carnivorous plant to getting up close and personal with a giraffe!

Our animal encounters will bring you closer to wildlife than ever before. Learn all about the individual animals at the zoo and their quirky behaviours from our dedicated Zoo Keeper, or show us your green fingers in our Gardener for a Day experience, where you can join our team as they tend to the 125 acres of award-winning gardens at the zoo.

Buy your animal experience online and select the day you wish to visit. Availability is limited so we recommend booking early. Only one Chester Zoo experience day booking can be made per web order.

It’s easy to buy an animal experience as a gift too. Simply add in our gift wrap option when purchasing. Members and adopters receive a 10% discount when purchasing on the phone via the sales team and for a limited time only we are offering all members a 15% discount off any 2019 or 2020 Fruit Bat experiences.


Capture the Moment Photography Courses

Develop your photography skills under the expert guidance of experienced photographers in the wonderful setting of Chester Zoo.

Our gifts and experiences are a perfect way to support us, whether you’re treating yourself or a loved one, your enjoyment will help us achieve our mission of Preventing Extinction. Proceeds from Chester Zoo gifts and experience’s help fund our vital conservation work here at the zoo, in the UK and all around the world – which is great news for animals everywhere!

This photography course is designed for intermediate up to more advanced photographers. You will be led through the course by our fantastic tutors who all come with a wealth of skill and experience The course will be held at The Oakfield in the heart of Chester Zoo. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided, and there will be plenty of time spent in the zoo photographing our animals and native wildlife. These workshops also include an additional free ticket that can be used up to one month after the course, which means that you’ll be able to come back to Chester Zoo and put the skills you have learned into practice!

Take a look at a range of Chester Zoo gifts and experience’s by visiting our online shop www.chesterzoo.org/online-shop or calling the sales team on 01244 650 209.


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